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angelatc
03-06-2009, 06:26 AM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1159627/Just-wanted-Barack-Obamas-blockbuster-gift-25-DVDs-Brown-reaffirm-special-relationship.html


The Prime Minister gave Mr Obama an ornamental pen holder made from the timbers of the Victorian anti-slave ship HMS Gannet.


Barack Obama, the leader of the world's richest country, gave the Prime Minister a box set of 25 classic American films - a gift about as exciting as a pair of socks.


snicker

thasre
03-06-2009, 08:05 PM
I'm wondering if those DVDs will even play in the UK?

Cowlesy
03-10-2009, 04:25 PM
I'm wondering if those DVDs will even play in the UK?

They won't.

How obnoxious can we possibly be?

We give the Prime Minister of Great Britain 25 DVDs, and Obama also had Gordon Brown take back a bust of Winston Churchill given to the U.S. after 9/11. Brown insisted we keep it and put it in a museum, but Obama insisted they take it back.

I am not a fan of Gordon Brown, Churchill, Obama or giving each other trinkets, but could we possibly be anymore rude?

Sometimes one just needs to have a little class. Give a nice gift when receiving one, and don't give a gift back because you don't like it.

His wife is also redecorating the White House by getting rid of a lot of the American folk art and replacing it with modern art.

Pricks.

torchbearer
03-10-2009, 04:27 PM
Wtf?

Lovecraftian4Paul
03-10-2009, 04:46 PM
The Obama family is spoiled rotten. It's no surprise they can't appreciate the historic artifacts in the White House. It's too "quaint" and "simple" for them. Typical stuck up socialist yuppie trash.

ihsv
03-10-2009, 04:59 PM
I'll bet "Mr Smith Goes to Washington" wasn't one of them

Cowlesy
03-10-2009, 05:02 PM
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/warner-todd-huston/2009/03/07/obamas-british-gift-gaffe-not-reported-u-s-media


Obama's British 'Gift Gaffe' Not Reported By U.S. Media
By Warner Todd Huston
March 7, 2009 - 04:45 ET

The Obamas, Barack and Michelle both, pretty much diplomatically botched the recent visit of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife. Oddly enough, the U.S. Old Media seems uninterested in the story that is a hot topic in England, a story that's left many Brits a bit miffed.

As the visit of the national leader of our closest ally began, the President informed the Brits that he wouldn't be attending the joint press conference that was planned to be held once PM Brown's plane touched down. This threw the visiting delegation into a tizzy leaving them scrambling to explain the sudden change in plans to the folks back home. Still, meetings were had and things smoothed out. Eventually the visit seemed to right itself... then came the Obama's gift gaffes.

It is well understood that visiting diplomatic delegations come bearing gifts and gift giving is returned in like fashion by the host country. It is an ages old human practice in diplomacy after all. Usually the gifts are valuable, representative of the products of the nations involved, or at least symbolic of the history of those nations.

For his part, PM Brown gave two symbolic gifts and one that expressed national pride. Brown came bearing a pen holder carved from the timbers of the sister ship of that which gave the wood to create the famous "Resolute Desk," the desk that has been in America's charge since 1880. He also gave Obama the framed commission for that famous ship, the HMS Resolute. His third gift was a seven-volume biography of one of England's greatest leaders, Winston Churchill.

So, what did President Obama give the British PM? 25 movies on DVD. Yeah, that's it. Brown gives a symbolic gift like the pen holder fashioned from a famous British warship and Obama responds by sending a staffer to WalMart to pick up a few quick movies.

How thoughtful. Or not.

And I'm not the only one to scoff at this thoughtless gift. The entire British press is up in arms. Many in Britain are seeing this as entirely gauche and indicative of the low esteem in which the Obama's hold England.

Worse, no one is 100% sure that Obama was smart enough to know that DVDs made in America don't play on European DVD players. American DVDs are created in the "Region One" format while those in Europe play in "Region Two" format. A U.S. DVD just won't play on a machine made for the English market.

Not to be out done in tastelessness by her husband, Michelle got into the act, too. Mrs. Brown came bearing two outfits for the Obama girls from Topshop, one of Britain's trendiest and expensive women's wear retail outlets.

In return, Michelle apparently had a staffer run down to the White House gift shop and grab two toy Marine One helicopter models for the Brown's boys.

Class all the way, huh?

All of this is on top of the snub of the Brits that Obama tossed off immediately upon entering office. One of his first official acts was to summarily return to the Brits the generous gift of the most famous bust of Winston Churchill that has sat in the Oval Office since the attacks on 9/11.

This threw British diplomats into a tizzy really blindsiding them. Even when they reiterated that Obama could keep the generous gift to the American people, he rejected it without comment leaving the Brits at a loss for words.

Now, I thought that Obama was going to improve our relations with "the world" once he took office? So far, all he's done is tell our enemies he's their friend and carelessly wave off our actual friends.

And, as I mentioned at the top, the U.S. Old Media has been ignoring this story.

Imagine that?

(Photo credit: Jeff Moore/telegraph.co.uk)

It is even worse than I or Angela wrote!

EgwaTlvdatsi
03-10-2009, 05:08 PM
I wonder how this will affect (effect?) racial tensions...

Now I don't know any racists, but I've read enough to know how racist people already think of...Um...Minorities...

LibertyEagle
03-10-2009, 05:11 PM
His wife is also redecorating the White House by getting rid of a lot of the American folk art and replacing it with modern art.

Pricks.

We shouldn't be surprised. After all, it was she who said she hadn't been proud to be an American, until her husband was elected President.

Cowlesy
03-10-2009, 05:12 PM
I really have had it today with Pelosi, Obama....all of them. I can't believe these shitheads are our representation.

This is going out in the mail tomorrow.


British Embassy
3100 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008


To our friends in Great Britain,

I wish to express my disgust with our President's gestures and attitude toward Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and the people of Great Britain.

Our countries share a long and storied history, and maintain an unshakeable friendship that I believe both nations mutually cherish.

On behalf of a great deal of my fellow Americans, I warmly accept your gracious and invaluable gifts even if our boorish President will not do so.

Do not let the actions of our President (legitimacy questioned) reflect an indignant attitude of the American people to your citizenry. May our people always remain friends and brothers.

Sincerely,
Cowlesy

LibertyEagle
03-10-2009, 05:13 PM
Very nice, Cowlesy. :)

Original_Intent
03-10-2009, 05:19 PM
Heh, we should do a chip in to buy the PM of England a decent gift "from the Ron Paul Revolution". That would be such a bitch slap to Obama, esp if we could get any press coverage. Riiiiight. :D

angelatc
03-10-2009, 05:38 PM
I hate to stick up for the Obama family, but...

I don't have a problem with her changing the art to suit her tastes. She has to live there, and decorating the House is one of the perks.

The Churchill bust was a little different, too. I was under the impression that the bust wasn't gifted, per se, but it was loaned to President Bush. It was already removed and packed, ready to return....which was proper because it was understood that the loan was to him. The Obamas had already selected a bust of Lincoln to display in that space, so when Brown offered to extend the loan, the Obamas declined.

Yes, they should have accepted it. The White House looks rather large, I'm sure they could squeeze Churchill's bust in there somewhere. But that's more of a gaffe than a snub.

I have the world's uglist statue - my Mom gave it to me. Up until we moved, she held a proud spot in the closet until my Mom visited, when she was rotated to a plant stand by the window.

(Darned movers broke it though. :) At least, that's my story next time she asks about it)

Spirit of '76
03-10-2009, 05:54 PM
The Churchill bust was a little different, too... The Obamas had already selected a bust of Lincoln to display in that space...

The "President's Favorite Mass Murderer" pedestal would look odd without somebody's statue on it, wouldn't it?

Spirit of '76
03-10-2009, 06:16 PM
I really have had it today with Pelosi, Obama....all of them. I can't believe these shitheads are our representation.

This is going out in the mail tomorrow.


British Embassy
3100 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

If ol' Gordo weren't such a criminal scumbag, I might be inspired to do something like that.




;)

Bruno
03-10-2009, 06:19 PM
Heh, we should do a chip in to buy the PM of England a decent gift "from the Ron Paul Revolution". That would be such a bitch slap to Obama, esp if we could get any press coverage. Riiiiight. :D

Don't sell yourself short. I think this is a great idea. :D

John Roberts at CNN might give it some coverage.


If ol' Gordo weren't such a criminal scumbag, I might be inspired to do something like that.




;)

But then, I have to agree with this as well. Don't forget Globalist Pig.

anaconda
03-10-2009, 06:39 PM
I'm sure Barky included Loose Change, Freedom to Fascism, Terrorstorm, and Caddyshack.

zach
03-10-2009, 06:43 PM
Hey, you give me a piece of cake, and I'll give you a piece of shit!

Now we're cool, right?

Zera
03-10-2009, 07:59 PM
Well, at least the films were good.

angelatc
03-10-2009, 08:01 PM
The "President's Favorite Mass Murderer" pedestal would look odd without somebody's statue on it, wouldn't it?

LOL! That's sort of what I thought too, but couldn't phrase it quite so succinctly in my head!

Standing Like A Rock
03-10-2009, 09:19 PM
I really have had it today with Pelosi, Obama....all of them. I can't believe these shitheads are our representation.

This is going out in the mail tomorrow.


British Embassy
3100 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

lol :D

The_Orlonater
03-17-2009, 06:18 PM
I thought it was rather funny. Why is there a thread about gift giving anyway?

idiom
03-17-2009, 09:36 PM
Giving away Region One DVD's to foreign Dignatries. Thats priceless.

Yeah we hate you for your freedom.