Obama's Latest UK Faux Pas!

United States
May 25, 2011 11:42am CST
I could not believe my eyes when I saw Obama standing alone with his glass raised in a toast to the Queen during the Playing of God Save the Queen. The is the same as here in the USA when the national anthem is played you STOP what you are doing until the anthem ends, I kept saying OMG stop talking finally he put his glass down when he realized no-one was moving to lift their glass. When the music stopped the Queen was gracious enought to reach for her glass first and try to cover Obama's latest protocol gaffe. When is this president going to realize he is making a fool of himself and the United States when he makes these protocol blunders. I have been waiting to see how the media handles these faux pas..... and there is practical nothing about it. George W would have been crucified by the media if he had made such blunders. Again proof that our media never reports fairly when it comes to Obummer. They laud every move he makes when he doesn't show his a$$ but ignore everything that could be detrimental to his image. In the following link you can read "Obama's comedy of errors while visiting the UK" and watch the embarrasing video of the toast. http://www.huliq.com/12079/obamas-comedy-errors-while-visiting-uk
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
26 May 11
The President's visit here has been very well received although his speech to the Houses of Parliament was not terribly inspiring. His faux pas with the glass is minor and not frankly in need of comment, and whilst I agree with others here that he has been poorly advised, nevertheless he has behaved courteously here and respected my nation. Incidentally, the link that you give quotes his car as grounding as it left Buckingham Palace. In fact that event happened in Dublin which you will know is the capital of Eire the day before he arrived here.
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• United States
26 May 11
...and??? I did not refer to the car incident...the Obama's were not even in the vehicle! Obviously you think that incident is in need of comment!
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
26 May 11
It was your link and therefore part of your discussion and as I pointed out, incidental to my response. However, my point about it is that as usual Obama bashers manage to get the simplest things wrong thus holing their specious arguments below the waterline before they have even started to float. If they cannot get the basics correct why should we believe anything else that they say?
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• United States
27 May 11
My point was and is that you consider the car,( again which had nothing to do with Obama as he was not even a passenger in the car) important enough to be commented on but the toast as you said..."is minor and not frankly in need of comment". You can't have it both ways.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
25 May 11
The man is a plain fool
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• United States
25 May 11
No kidding!
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@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
26 May 11
Lets just relax for a minute to put this into prospective! Tradition like many things is not written in stone, and even though British Royalty goes back hundreds of years, President Obama is unquestionably the most Powerful man in the present world. Every move the President makes is watched by the Elite of humanity. Nothing he would do, could be embarrassing, because he is the stuff Tradition is made of. The Queen is not one to take a back seat to anyone, and she was quick recognize that she had been honored by the most Famous man in the world!
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• United States
26 May 11
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@Rollo1 (16650)
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 May 11
I think the first exception I take is to the "elite of humanity" remark. Ummm, we have a founding document in the US that says "all men are created equal". We don't believe humanity has an "elite". That concept is very common however amongst liberals (like Obama) and "reformers" who think they should rule the world because of their ideological and intellectual superiority. Obsequious bowing and scraping should be reprehensible and embarrassing to a man, who as President, leads the most egalitarian nation on Earth. Or, in short, what Heather said.
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@urbandekay (18312)
27 May 11
Rollo... well said, call no man master, let none call you master all the best urban
@Fortunata (1136)
• United States
25 May 11
Oh yes, after all, this is the smartest president we've ever had, don't you know?(sarcasm intended). This man hates Great Britain, so whether he did it on purpose, or he's a classless idiot, who knows. I also cringed when his wife 'pawed' the Queen last year. I am so glad neither of these two went to the Royal Wedding last month. I shudder to think of what upholsteried outfit the First Lady would have worn. I bet she would have made Princess Beatrice's outfit look mainstream, lol, 'toilet seat' hat notwithstanding. He should hire a real staff who has knowledge about such things, instead of surrounding himself with clowns.
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@urbandekay (18312)
25 May 11
You Americans seem to make much of this, not seen anything about it in the British press but we are pretty relaxed about such things. Of course it helps that we like Obama and loathe and detest Bush all the best urban
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• United States
25 May 11
I was born and raised in Britain and I can assure you that my family and friends think Obama has not couth. Scotland ( my birth place) and is not known for being Royalists find Obama's lack of respect to the National Anthem is insulting Great Britain. Of course now I believe Britain allows Sharia law so I guess things have changed since I lived there.
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@jb78000 (15178)
25 May 11
"Scotland ( my birth place) and is not known for being Royalists find Obama's lack of respect to the National Anthem is insulting Great Britain" i think you must be referring to a completely different scotland from the one i live in. nobody here gives a flying haggis. and if you don't believe me a) i don't care and b) you can check by seeing how all the major newspapers in scotland have reported the incident. *stands well back before the insults start"
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@Rollo1 (16650)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 May 11
There is Sharia in the UK. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article4749183.ece
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@trruk1 (1031)
• United States
25 May 11
It was a gaffe. A BBC commentator called it "a minor mishap." George W made stupid blunders everywhere he went and was mostly offered a pass by the media. "Heck of a job, Brownie." "Mission Accomplished." Obama made a protocol error that his Secretary of State certainly would never make, but it is hardly grounds for abuse. And Bush? He is completely indefensible; the Republican party never mentions him except when Obama actually manages to accomplish something, and only to try to somehow give bush credit for what Obama did. The best thing we can do about Bush is try to forget him. He was a moron and a disaster.
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• United States
25 May 11
I believe you made an error.....I have corrected it for you "The best thing we can do about Obama is try to forget him. He is a moron and a disaster."
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• United States
25 May 11
The Republicans never mention him. Everyone else never shuts up about him.
@trruk1 (1031)
• United States
25 May 11
The blind faith of those who supported Bush never ceases to amaze me. It demonstrates a lack of character and a lack of integrity to refuse to admit an error, and even they know they got it wrong with that guy. They are just too weak to own up to their mistake and move on.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
26 May 11
It is what I expected. Obama thinks he is more important than the Queen of England and rather then him bowing to her, she should bow to him. He thinks he is the ruler of the free world. He should have known better and probably does but does not care. The sooner he is gone, the better.
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• United States
27 May 11
I agree the man has a giant ego!
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
27 May 11
True and I think the people who say " well his advisers should have told him," or the Queen should have, are feeding into that ego. I read somewhere that his personality is something like Hitler. I do wonder if Hitler's advisers were berated because they should have told him, "invading Poland is not a good idea." Does make one wonder.
@AmbiePam (48176)
• United States
26 May 11
As long as we have a liberal President the media will keep their mocking to a minimum. Sad, but true. "Journalistic integrity" is a thing of the past. Although to be fair we haven't had any honest news reporting in quite some time.
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• United States
26 May 11
How right you are! Honest news reporting is a profession of the past! At one time there was integrity in journalism but sadly no longer.
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• United States
26 May 11
Honest news has always been a thing of the past, for it was always slanted to the left. It is only with the rise of cable television and Conservative magazines that the other side has been given a chance to report. Notice that one thing the left hopes to accomplish is pushing the Conservatives off the air on all media. Here's hoping the House is strong enough to stomp that one if it continues to rise to the surface. You might say that for the first time ever ALL sides can be listened to or viewed.
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@Rollo1 (16650)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 May 11
He certainly is under-prepared for every foreign state visit. I used to think his staff must be clueless, but it occurs to me that since we aren't allowed to criticize or disagree with Obama, they might be afraid to even tell him which fork to use for fear of being called racists, too. But in case anyone thinks that Obama loves the UK and just makes silly, provincial mistakes, here's the TOP TEN list of insults to Britain as brought to you by Barack Obama: 1. Siding with Argentina over the Falklands 2. Calling France America’s strongest ally 3. Downgrading the Special Relationship 4. Supporting a federal Europe and undercutting British sovereignty 5. Betraying Britain to appease Moscow over the New START Treaty 6. Placing a “boot on the throat” of BP 7. Throwing Churchill out of the Oval Office (returning the bust of Churchill that was on loan as a gift, showing solidarity in the wake of 9/11) 8. DVDs (that can't be played in Britain) for the Prime Minister 9. Undermining British influence in NATO 10. And Finally - Insulting words from the State Department: "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." I am embarrassed to have this man representing the US. They love him in the UK? I should be surprised, but some people in the US are still crushing on him. Chacun a son gout, as they say.
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• United States
26 May 11
Thank you for posting this list of FACTS. I am also embarrassed to have this man representing the US. As for the British loving him perhaps there are some who do. Obviously not all when the British Police gave him the code name "smart alec" and it was meant as an insult. The Daily Mail ran a story under the headline “Codename ‘smart alec’' The following link explains what the code name means. http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20110525/wl_csm/386333;_ylt=Ar3T8aTrJKBPQuFbFlgDhrZH2ocA;_ylu=X3oDMTJvaGYzZnU1BGFzc2V0A2NzbS8yMDExMDUyNS8zODYzMzMEY2NvZGUDdG9wZ21wZQRjcG9zAzEEcG9zAzEEc2VjA3luX3RvcF9zdG9yaWVzBHNsawNvYmFtYTM5c2JyaXQ- Again this insult was ignored by the US media who will not publish anything detrimental to their wonderful leader!! I am glad that Yahoo News had the guts to pick up this story from the British Newspaper.
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@millertime (1398)
• United States
28 May 11
I think as Obama's blunders and slights to the UK go, this was a minor one but it was definitely a very embarrassing moment for everyone there. I couldn't help but think the field day the press would be having if it was Bush that had done it. Yet, when it's the liberal left media's favorite son, he pretty much gets a free pass. That's pretty much business as usual for the left stream media though.
• United States
26 May 11
It's not a big deal because it was Britain. America has been happy to tick off the British Royalty since George III. This "blunder" would get happy laughs and reviews among the flag waiving, America or nothing crowd and since that group is largely coveted by the anti-Obama crowd, it is counter-productive to give this story much play. Obama's mistakes always seem honest and human; GW's mistakes were just goofy, especially for a guy who grew up around foreign affairs situations.
• United States
27 May 11
I probably should address each reply and the initial post separately, but am opting to 'save my fingers' by replying to several in this general reply. 'State occasions' are scheduled. Each 'event' is given a certain amount of time, toasts, speeches, even the playing of anthems. The participants are coached as to the order and time for each 'event'. Whether it was Obama who miscued or the orchestra is up for grabs. As for Obama not placing his hand over his heart or saluting, but merely standing at civilian parade rest, sorry guys, he's right. When the US national anthem is played, one is to stand respectfully, if the person is military he/she has the option to stand at parade rest, at attention or to salute, nonmilitary personnel do not do so. Civilian parade rest can be with hands at side in a relaxed posture, hands folded in front or in back. These are considered respectful positions. Comparing Bush's social errs and his language skills to Obama's is like mixing concrete, it takes some sand to get it done.
• United States
27 May 11
The language is what seems to be the defining factor here. If a person doesn't speak well, they're absolutely torn apart and ridiculed for it. Show tolerance for gays, lesbians, trannies, people with glasses, bald people, even fat people sometimes. But for people who speak differently, with an accent or with a lisp - that's out of the window. Some people base their entire "so and so is stupid" theory on the way a person speaks. The well-spoken are somehow forgiven their faux pas almost instantly, probably because many people hold them up--to steal another poster's line here--as the "elite" of humanity, whereas a person who can't speak well, it seems many people automatically consider them to be stupid.
@jb78000 (15178)
27 May 11
ooh mr fish. are you trying to play the class card? i don't think bush was mocked because he had a working class accent. he didn't. mainly because he was about as far from the Common People as you could get. in fact i think he could safely be put in the same category as our own david cameron. posh boy with moneyed, influential background and a rather expensive education.
• United States
27 May 11
If one were to view and listen to speeches given by former President Geo. W. Bush, one would be hearing and seeing either a reduction in linguistic ability or the 'good ol' boy' persona taken to a rather extreme, given the office he held. Former President Bush had a excellent education, he grew up in what most of us would consider a privileged style. His father was an ambassador, which leaves us to assume he had traveled rather extensively in his youth. Hardly fits the 'cowboy' image he presented.
@dragon54u (31604)
• United States
25 May 11
I blame his staff. Presidents have protocol people who tell them the customs of where they travel and what is expected of them and what would offend. Obama apparently either has no such person or the person he hired is woefully unqualified. I would not know what to do in that case, either, but I would certainly have the common sense to ask before I made the journey. Maybe he did and the protocol person is really stupid?
@dragon54u (31604)
• United States
25 May 11
I expected mayhem as soon as I heard he signed the guest book with the date "24 May, 2008".
• Indonesia
26 May 11
waw.. is very bad. he seemed mortified.... :(
• United States
26 May 11
I'm from America and if I were there I wouldn't have known that you were supposed to just stand there when it is playing. Of course I'm not the President. I agree with Dragon54u that he should have been warned by his people though. It's just a difference in culture. I don't think he meant any disrespect intentionally. He was trying to honor her through his speech, and he's so used to giving speeches.
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
31 May 11
I wouldn't worry too much. Most intelligent people would see "Obummer" as a buffoon and no longer pay him much attention...we have better things to do...like mowing the lawn or doing myLot. I really feel sorry for those of you who are totally embarrassed by this fool. I felt/feel the same way about Kevin Rudd, our former Prime Minister who blubbered with trembling lip and all when he was kicked out.
• United States
1 Jun 11
Thanks I am glad you understand. I just wish we could see "Obummer" blubber and get kicked out.
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
1 Jun 11
Ooooh yes, that conjures up both amusement and hope does it not?
• United States
26 May 11
I think he either has a poor protocol person or, as in so many cases, he figures he knows best. I truly believe, since he has a habit of jumping in front of people (as in changing his speech this past week from the day after our guest's arrival to the moment Natanyahu got on the plane) that the Queen figured he and Michelle would insist on renewing their vows before the Prince and his bride had their ceremony. This may be "the smartest man in the world" as every Democrat is lauded to be,but he is the rudest, most confused person I have ever seen on trips to or visits from our allies. He bows super low to our enemies showing weakness, his wife woman-handles the queen, he sends an ipod with what he believes to be his best speeches to the monarch and returns a treasured bust of Winston Churchill with an insulting message to her. I can only believe he wants this country to have no allies and be ripe for take over. His narcicisstic ways do nothing to engender friendship on a personal or a worldwide basis. Even if he hates this country, which becomes more apparent each day and with each overprinted dollar, he should have the grace to be embarrassed at playing the fool. But I guess to him "all the world's a stage" and he cannot resist acting - no matter how bad it is.
• United States
26 May 11
OMG...."the Queen figured he and Michelle would insist on renewing their vows before the Prince and his bride had their ceremony." That has to be the funniest thing I have read! No wonder the BO's did not get a wedding invitation.
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• Canada
19 Aug 11
O play devil's advocate for a minute. All heads of state have to do their best to remember protocol for over a hundred countries. I'm sure even the queen screws up sometimes, and if not, she's almost twice as ok'd as Obama, and had been in power for as long as he's been alive.
• Pamplona, Spain
14 Jun 11
Hiya heather, Being at School in England we knew what we had to do when the National Anthem was being played and when we had to sing it as well. We did this quite a few times during the time I was there. However I have to admit and suppose that if someone came from outside the Country and had to actually be in the presence of the Queen herself unless they had a really good Official Advisor to inform them properly they would probably make some mistake or other. Not saying that they would toast while the Anthem was being played but I think that they would be wondering what to do otherwise without proper guidance from as I said Official sources. Obviously they would have some notion of what you should do but they might dither and get nervous. Seeing it from my point of view although I would be very nervous if I had to see the Queen and stay there for a while with her being there if I was unsure of myself I would be looking out the corner of my eye to see what others would be doing too and try to follow them. Again as someone here as said I am not the President of anything but I do have a sense suppose it´s common sense and I would wait also to see what the Queen herself did first as well just to make sure I am not putting my foot in it say my "Yeti" Big Foot. Suppose nerves can get the better of you and this goes for most of us. Just my way of seeing it.xxx