Obama’s bestest friend to the whole wide world approach doesn’t seem to include Great Britain; a Telegraph article reports that Obama representatives say, “There’s nothing special about Britain. You’re just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. You shouldn’t expect special treatment.”
Stop. Pause. Digest.
I’m sorry, but what? Since when is there “nothing special about Britain” to the government of the United States? Since when do we treat Great Britain’s officials (um, their Prime Minister, in this case) like those of “a minor African state”? Sorry, but Great Britain and the United States (after that pesky little squabble over American independence, anyway) have a long and solid history as close allies, the one defending and supporting the other.
Okay, so I know that Obama is busy, that the country is facing a huge economic crisis, that he’s working on a variety of pressing issues (not the least of which are health and education reform), but he can’t manage to send his aides out for better gifts for the Prime Minister of Great Britain than a DVD collection of American movies and some model helicopters from the White House gift shop? How busy can his aides be? Isn’t that part of their friggin’ job? To think of and then purchase appropriate gifts for visiting dignitaries? I’m sure Gordon Brown didn’t go out and wander the streets in search of the perfect gift for Obama; heck, he didn’t even do the internet search or make the bid on eBay or whatever, but his people managed to purchase “a pen holder made from the wood of a warship that helped stamp out the slave trade – a sister ship of the vessel from which timbers were taken to build Mr Obama’s Oval Office desk.” Now that’s a gift befitting the leader of the free world. And here’s your soap on a rope, Mr. Prime Minister. Enjoy!
Not only did Obama and his team drop the ball in the gift giving and tact (diplomacy) departments (what makes you think you’re so special, GB?), but they also failed to hold the expected full-blown press conference and state dinner for the visiting British Prime Minister. What was the price tag on that I wanna be the myth of Lincoln (the reality was a bit too . . . well, real, and kinda well, racist after all) inauguration? And how many parties with Stevie Wonder or Earth, Wind, and Fire as the entertainment have we read about? And he can’t manage a state dinner for Gordon Brown? Heck, I bet Brad Pitt got a better gift than some tired old movie collection and gift shop models of helicopters.
But then Obama probably just needs a cigarette and a nap.
I included the photo of George Clooney with Obama because well, it’s George Clooney! What a cutie. Besides, our president may not be into Great Britain, but no one can say he’s not into Hollywood.