Okay, my turn. I know everybody’s already seen video of Obama’s awkward gaffe at Buckingham Palace. But have you seen the queen’s nicely executed toast that came right before his? Skip to 2:00 in to avoid the ridiculous and insufferable Martin Bashir’s gushing:
I was wondering if Obama’s toast was unusually long winded, but it clocked in at about the same amount of time as the queen’s, so we can’t rag on him for that.
You’ll also notice that she read her remarks off of paper, which, given her advanced age, and the length of her speech should be expected. Obama’s notes don’t strike me as that big a deal, either, although he could have bothered to memorize at least some of the lines.
No, the breech of etiquette occurred when he continued his toast after God Save The Queen had started, (like his toast had its own musical score.) He may have paused too long when he lost his place [where were you TOTUS?], or the band was told to start at the words, “to the queen”, not realizing there were two “to the queens” in the toast. It doesn’t matter whose fault it was, these things happen. That was just a mix-up. The awkwardness came because he kept right on talking, and then thought he was going to drink up before the music was done playing. The queen had to give him a look, and a slight shake of her head, as if to say, “not now, you gormless prat!”
So, it was awkward…but not abysmal.
The MSM will probably not make a huge deal out of it, nor should it – all things being equal. But they’re not. The MSM and the left (birm)would have been in a tizzy for weeks, had W done such a thing – playing it on an endless loop, in conjunction with getting the year wrong in signing the Westminster Abbey visitor’s book. There would have been such a constant drumbeat of ridicule, we would have been forced to defend his cloddish behavior, only because of their over the top reaction.
Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, thanks!