UK Comedy: British Justice Secretary snoozes while POTUS speaks

posted at 9:25 pm on May 27, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

There’s no denying that President Obama’s recent whirlwind tour through the UK and the Emerald Isles produced a wealth of entertainment options or annoyances – depending who you asked – for our Special Relationship Partners across the pond. Whether he was stealing Doc Emmit Brown’s “back in time” thunder, stepping on the Queen’s protocol with a poorly paced toast, or informing the Irish that they were an occupied nation, plenty of fun was had by all. (As a side note, if Obama provides Ed Morrissey with any more freebies for the Obamateurism of the Day series, Ed may wind up having to vote for him just to keep the material flowing.)

But there is, as the saying goes, no accounting for taste. Some folks just can’t seem to keep their eyelids propped open for the West Wing Comedy Tour, no matter how golden the material. Brought to us courtesy of The Blaze, it seems that British Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke was not going to let a little thing like a speech by the American President cut into his nap time.

Sweet dreams, sir. Trust me… I listened to the entire thing back home and you really didn’t miss all that much.

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Is Biden of English descent ?

Tim Zank on May 27, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Much said about nothing.

Dusty on May 27, 2011 at 9:33 PM

I love the priest’s befuddled look!

SagebrushPuppet on May 27, 2011 at 9:34 PM

I’m surprised all of Obama’s annoying sibilant sss‘s didnt keep rousing Sec. Clarke from his slumbers.

profitsbeard on May 27, 2011 at 9:37 PM

I love the priest’s befuddled look!

SagebrushPuppet on May 27, 2011 at 9:34 PM

That’s the Archbishop of Canterbury, and yes, he is befuddled.

Not sure if Christians should celebrate bin Laden’s death, but he does think sharia should be part of English law.

Wethal on May 27, 2011 at 9:38 PM

“Always like to keep my audience riveted.”

chewmeister on May 27, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Watching this clip with the sound off is revealing. The guy just reeks arrogance.

davo on May 27, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Imagine the jet lag, when you travel in time back to 2008….

RBMN on May 27, 2011 at 9:53 PM

He snoozed stupidly?
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-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on May 27, 2011 at 9:53 PM

UK Comedy: British Justice Secretary snoozes while POTUS speaks
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Bidens long lost twin brother!(sarc).

canopfor on May 27, 2011 at 9:54 PM

That’s the Archbishop of Canterbury, and yes, he is befuddled.
Wethal on May 27, 2011 at 9:38 PM

LOL. That he is.

Go RBNY on May 27, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Don’t condemn the man at least he had the courtesy to show up which is more than i can say for myself.

heshtesh on May 27, 2011 at 9:57 PM

BHO also took a bow at the end. Don’t trust me? Reuters used the word “bow” in their photo’s description of it.

I made a nifty little video of it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5XdN4QNM0M

No Niks on May 27, 2011 at 9:59 PM

So,Hopey/Changey is getting back,what he has sowed,
and after disrespecting England,he’s get’n the same
treatment that Obama has dished out,maybe removal of
Winston Churchill’s bust,wasn’t a brilliant move after
all,and,

his “Chickens are a Roost’n!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on May 27, 2011 at 10:00 PM

He was as fascinated by Obama’s teleprompter as Biden is.

The entire trip was a comedy of errors.

Schadenfreude on May 27, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Riveting Obamaprompter

Schadenfreude on May 27, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Comedy of errors but media, the world over, continue to be Obama-asscrawlers.

Same for Michelle.

Schadenfreude on May 27, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Did little Bammie pick up an English or Irish accent on his trip, you know, similar to when he talks in a Black dialect when the time is right, as Harry Reid noted?

slickwillie2001 on May 27, 2011 at 10:05 PM

His droning about “I” and “when I” is boring.

Schadenfreude on May 27, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Maybe its me,but Hopey looks down at (0:19..0:15..0:31
second mark)and he doesn’t look thrilled,and whats with
the facial pouting!!

canopfor on May 27, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Maybe its me,but Hopey looks down at (0:19..0:15..0:31
second mark)and he doesn’t look thrilled,and whats with
the facial pouting!!

canopfor on May 27, 2011 at 10:07 PM

I believe that there may be places in the recital where Teleprompter says ‘wait for applause’, and nothing happens.

slickwillie2001 on May 27, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Speeches are a hundred an iPod, but sleep is precious.

OldEnglish on May 27, 2011 at 10:23 PM

At least the British Justice was ACCOMPLISHING something.

GarandFan on May 27, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Obama was absolutely right about the occupation of Ireland. From the invader’s standpoint, they conquer; from the invaded’s standpoint the invaders occupy, and, while the invaders might think they own the place, the previous owners, reduced to servitude, may beg to differ. The Irish never submitted to British rule, which is why the British decided to colonize the north with more tractable people — which led to the troubles.

It’s why the British finally threw in the towel and granted the Irish their independence.

unclesmrgol on May 27, 2011 at 10:34 PM

unclesmrgol on May 27, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Not quite Ireland was “owned’ by the Vatican. Pope Adrian IV asked Henry II to look after his domains in Ireland – hence the occupation.

OldEnglish on May 27, 2011 at 10:43 PM

That’s the Archbishop of Canterbury, and yes, he is befuddled.

Not sure if Christians should celebrate bin Laden’s death, but he does think sharia should be part of English law.

Wethal on May 27, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Yep, and this is why I drink.

hawkdriver on May 27, 2011 at 10:52 PM

Is Biden of English descent ?

Tim Zank on May 27, 2011 at 9:31 PM

No, but his speeches are.

needtoknow on May 27, 2011 at 10:54 PM

Maybe its me,but Hopey looks down at (0:19..0:15..0:31
second mark)and he doesn’t look thrilled,and whats with
the facial pouting!!

canopfor on May 27, 2011 at 10:07 PM

His eyes are dead. He hasn’t had any enthusiasm in them since his campaign days. He looks and sounds like he’s merely fulfilling an obligation that he doesn’t particularly like. Maybe he needed styrofoam columns and a giant screen.

obladioblada on May 27, 2011 at 11:07 PM

He was as fascinated by Obama’s teleprompter as Biden is.

The entire trip was a comedy of errors.

Schadenfreude on May 27, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Pardon me, sir, but I think the phrase you’re seeking is voyage of Personal Discovery.

God, I hope Sarah is so getting in. No one else can shoo away the stray lapdogs from the vomit this administration slops them with every day.

rwenger43 on May 28, 2011 at 12:10 AM

I’m surprised all of Obama’s annoying sibilant sss‘s didnt keep rousing Sec. Clarke from his slumbers.

profitsbeard on May 27, 2011 at 9:37 PM

..arrrrrgh! It is one of Obama’s most annoying traits, that sibilance. You’d think that clown would get his goddam teeth fixed.

Maybe we should just start calling him “The Whistler”?

The War Planner on May 28, 2011 at 1:17 AM

What a load of crap coming out of B.O.’s mouth. No wonder that guy fell asleep.

tbear44 on May 28, 2011 at 5:20 AM

Okay, I don’t remember nearly this many people falling asleep when Bush gave speeches. Am I wrong?

englishqueen01 on May 28, 2011 at 6:58 AM

Didnt Chubby Boy Ed Schultz say in his rant that Obama would be in Missouri on Friday?

malkinmania on May 28, 2011 at 7:03 AM

British Justice Secretary snoozes while POTUS speaks

Must have been blessedly sleeping BEFORE 0bama started speaking; Hard to sleep when you are nauseated, and stifling the denials of his lies and general idiocy that you want to shout at him.

LegendHasIt on May 28, 2011 at 7:44 AM

0′s annoying fricatives are just offal

talking stick on May 28, 2011 at 10:02 AM

There is no such thing as bad luck, just the hard times spawned by Democratic leadership.

We are in an economic meltdown, fighting in three Islamic countries, watching enemies of liberty become emboldened and the dreams of our children vanish……bad luck? Too much damage in too short a time to be chance.

Hening on May 28, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Umm ah clear um ah umm ah zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Hummer53 on May 28, 2011 at 10:50 AM

“Harry, I have a gift”……….My voice puts people to sleep……Exhibit A is school kid in campaign stop. Exhibit B is Joe Biden. Exhibit C is Kenneth Clark…..’Nuff said.

Herb on May 28, 2011 at 11:02 AM

if Obama provides Ed Morrissey with any more freebies for the Obamateurism of the Day series, Ed may wind up having to vote for him just to keep the material flowing.)

Heh. Better reason than anyone I’ve spoken to has.

Tim_CA on May 28, 2011 at 11:06 AM

I hope the guy woke up for the toast to the Queen… It is clear the PBHO was asleep at the switch on that one…

Khun Joe on May 28, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Nod off while that moron is talking at your own peril. You’ll never know what’s coming next.

ncborn on May 28, 2011 at 3:59 PM

That’s the Archbishop of Canterbury, and yes, he is befuddled.

Not sure if Christians should celebrate bin Laden’s death, but he does think sharia should be part of English law.

Wethal on May 27, 2011 at 9:38 PM

“befuddled” is a kind way to put it, but at least he got a decent haircut finally.

Eren on May 28, 2011 at 4:02 PM