Good news: Obama botches toast to the queen

posted at 7:53 pm on May 24, 2011 by Allahpundit

Ah, now his “2008″ gaffe from earlier today is starting to make more sense. Turns out … he really is brain-damaged.

No, I kid. I think he, like Frank Drebin, simply doesn’t believe in silly ideas like having queens:

The president paused, the guests stood, and the orchestra prepared to play.

But the president wasn’t done speaking.

“The vitality –“ the president said before the orchestra began…

“To the Queen,” the president finally said.

He lifted his glass to her, she smiled a bit uncomfortably.

But because the song was playing, no one drank from his or her glass, including the president, who put his glass down on the table.

Protocol, apparently, requires the toastmaster to wait until after “God Save the Queen” plays and then begin the toast. But the almighty O waits for no sovereign, so he launched straight into his shpiel. To which I say, good for him. What else was the American revolution about, if not the right of the president to half-ass some formulaic niceties about the British monarch? He should have punctuated it with a weary “whatever” and downed the glass in one gulp.

This is why he doesn’t get invited to weddings, guys.


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If not purposeful, it’s perfect still.

anuts on May 25, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Mmm,mmm,mmm!
Chalaque Hussein Obama!

Roy Rogers on May 25, 2011 at 11:23 AM

If this were anyone else, I would blame the orchestra for starting too soon. In this case, however, I would blame George Bush.

manwithblackhat on May 25, 2011 at 11:27 AM

… oh, forgot to read that thing about protocol. But I still blame George Bush.

manwithblackhat on May 25, 2011 at 11:28 AM

… oh, forgot to read that thing about protocol. But I still blame George Bush.

manwithblackhat on May 25, 2011 at 11:28 AM

I keep saying Obama needs a protocol droid fluent in over six million forms of communication, like C3PO.

Valerie Jarret just can’t hang.

Roy Rogers on May 25, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Have you seen the picture at Lucianne.com this morning? I gotta say, though, good for Michelle–she seems to have a sense of humor about it.

SukieTawdry on May 25, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Heh, Caption Contest. compare these 4 photos:

One
Two
Three
Four

Alden Pyle on May 25, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Has he bowed to the Queen? Or does he only do that to dictators and communists?

jeffn21 on May 25, 2011 at 12:19 PM

You’d a thunk he woulda got a tiny clue when NO ONE ELSE IN THE ENTIRE ROOM raised their glass and the BAND STARTED PLAYING!!

Yo yo yo, check how super specials I am, they playing some background music for my incrdulous speechilation.

Alden Pyle on May 25, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Has he bowed to the Queen? Or does he only do that to dictators and communists?

jeffn21 on May 25, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Obama knows who he respects and who he doesn’t.

Roy Rogers on May 25, 2011 at 12:22 PM

He never has a problem with Muslim protocol. Perhaps British protocol is “above his pay grade.”

Hobbes on May 25, 2011 at 12:23 PM

He never has a problem with Muslim protocol. Perhaps British protocol is “above his pay grade.”

Hobbes on May 25, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Big Boy pants are above Obama’s pay grade.

Roy Rogers on May 25, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Class shows, doesn’t it?

kingsjester on May 25, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Have you seen the picture at Lucianne.com this morning? I gotta say, though, good for Michelle–she seems to have a sense of humor about it.

SukieTawdry on May 25, 2011 at 12:03 PM

The most action she’s seen since 9 months before her youngest was born.

Roy Rogers on May 25, 2011 at 12:42 PM

mrt721 on May 25, 2011 at 9:42 AM

OMG. Someone throw that walrus a fish.

petefrt on May 25, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Alden Pyle on May 25, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Two more for you:

One

Two

petefrt on May 25, 2011 at 1:08 PM

You know, the interesting thing is that every mid-grade active duty military officer knows toast etiquette in an official setting.

Given the general incompetence of Obama’s senior staff in foreign affairs, it may well be that he wasn’t properly briefed on what he was supposed to do.

I find it hard to believe the US embassy staff dropped the ball on this. The DOS protocol types have generally known what they’re doing. Maybe Obama’s schedulers brushed them off.

At least when H.W. Bush puked on the prime minister of Japan, it was something he couldn’t help.

J.E. Dyer on May 25, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Maybe Obama’s schedulers brushed them off.

J.E. Dyer on May 25, 2011 at 1:30 PM

That’s my opinion. The Chief of Protocol, Capricia Penavic Marshall, is a long-time friend of the Clintons–worked with Bill, traveled with Hillary, and worked on Hillary’s presidential campaign. She wasn’t even appointed until August 2009.

Knowing the animosity between the Clintons & BHO, I’d love to know why she was appointed, strings pulled by Hillary as Sec of State, and whether or not BHO & the WH have any kind of decent working relationship (I doubt it!).

INC on May 25, 2011 at 2:29 PM

I agree that I’m sure the US Embassy in London has staff who knew protocol (of all Embassies, it would!). IMHO, this is about BHO not bothering to do adequate prep because he didn’t need to.

(Notice him reading the toast–who reads a toast off a piece of paper? Maybe a very, very nervous person at a wedding, but a man who’s spoken before thousands? No.)

The British security knew what they were doing when they gave him the smart alec nickname.

INC on May 25, 2011 at 2:34 PM

The First Lady really needs to get some class. The hair blowing in the wind are not her fault, however, the clothes are inexcusable for a grown woman of her stature, representing the United States of America before anyone, anytime, in a foreign country. A lilac colored cropped jacket with that ruffle dress? My teenage daughter dresses more sophisticatedly than her.

Susanboo on May 25, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Have you seen the picture at Lucianne.com this morning?
SukieTawdry on May 25, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Forgot the picture link for the previous comment.

Susanboo on May 25, 2011 at 3:47 PM

This type of protocol is not required at a beer summit. Stick to what you know, Obama.

skeedro on May 25, 2011 at 4:02 PM

This trip has been one embarrassment after another and you know what my local news affiliate said in mentioning it today ….

“President Obama continues to receive raucous and warm receptions everywhere he goes….blah, blah, blah…..”

Skipping every actual event on the Obama. “i have no clue or class” tour, while generalizing in positive terms. I dont believe ive seen fair treatment let alone that sparkly treatment given to a Republican President in my life.

The frustration melts my brain.

alecj on May 25, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Obozo thought it was his own personal soundtrack.

sleepy-beans on May 25, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Susanboo on May 25, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Well, of course your teen dresses better! FLOTUS isn’t a teen yet. She’s a six-year-old girl going to tea parties. Her dress was completely appropriate for that! LOL ///

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on May 25, 2011 at 9:31 PM

What an embarassment for the USA. I almost feel sorry for POTUS. Almost.

Nah!

That look on his face is priceless.

Old Fritz on May 25, 2011 at 10:01 PM

We can post anything we want. We can call him any name we want. He doesn’t care diddly point squat. Listen vermin, he’s the “grandson of a Kenyan who was a cook in the British army who became President of the United States.”
And you damn well better not forget it. /HEAVY sarc/

Anyone who tells an entire country to pi$$ up a rope is truly in the dictator catagory.

Mr. Grump on May 25, 2011 at 10:56 PM

Err, guys, the melody for “God Save the Queen” is used by “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”, not “America the Beautiful”.

But that point would be equally lost on POTUS.

AP, I appreciate the wit and cynicism, but we fought for our national separation from Great Britain over tyranny, and our departure from a Monarchial form of government was a post facto decision, not causal. We most certainly did not fight a Revolution for the right to disrespect allies in their homes.

I am subject to no ruler, but if introduced to the Queen, I would most assuredly address her as “Your Majesty”. A profound document I’ve read once or twice held in high esteem “a decent respect to the opinions of mankind”, and to insult one’s neighbor for no justifiable reason deserves no such respect.

Our President is failing horribly at representing the people of this nation, and you choose to laugh it off with sarcasm. I had thought better of you.

Freelancer on May 25, 2011 at 11:16 PM

Here is the one true explanation of O’s gaffe: He is a slow learner. The Queen toasted O and the American people first, standing silently at attention during the playing of our national anthem, and then raising her glass, thus demonstrating to even the most inveterate moron how it is done. By the time the information penetrated the nether regions of his reptilian brain, O’s toast to the Queen had progressed to the ‘glass picking up and drinking’ part. Since the toast was made TO the Queen, she, of course, did not drink. O — finally getting that the Queen knew what she was doing — followed her excellent example. Too little. Too late. Case closed.

winfield on May 26, 2011 at 3:41 AM

In the droll comedy Being There, Peter Sellers stars as Chance, a sheltered, middle-aged gardener who only possesses knowledge he has gleaned from television. Thrust into the real world, Chance’s innocence is viewed as genius, landing him an unlikely job as advisor to the U.S. president. His ‘non sequitur’ utterances and bizare behaviors are fawned over by the Press and the Washington elites.

I’m afraid this is an example of life imitating art. We have our own President Chance stumbling through his term in office.

Uniblogger on May 26, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Does anybody remember who first publicly said “The American Presidency is not supposed to be about personal discovery”? Yet we are asked to participate–and cheer–in the incompetent self-discoveries of this pseudo-humble Irish elitist–assuming he is even learning anything.

I hope to hear a lot more from the outspoken author of that quote really soon.

rwenger43 on May 26, 2011 at 9:37 PM

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