President Obama’s UK Gaffes

ABCNews: Obama’s Toast to Queen Turns Awkward

The president and the orchestra at Buckingham Palace this evening were a bit out of synch.

When the president toasted the Queen the orchestra misunderstood a pause and what seemed to be a cue from the president for “God Save the Queen” to begin playing.

“Ladies and gentlemen please stand with me and raise your glasses as I propose a toast,” the president said, putting down his note cards and grabbing his glass. “To her majesty the Queen.”

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

But the president wasn’t done speaking.

The awkwardness doesn’t quite come out in text — see the video HERE.  I’m no expert on the monarchy or its customs, but in all honesty I’d say that the blame for this “gaffe” is shared between the Queen’s band and President Obama.  Nevertheless, I find it hilarious … especially Obama’s sheepish “to the Queen…” at the end when everyone else picks up their glasses.

In the context of what happened earlier the same day–Barack Obama signed the guest book at Westminster Abbey and curiously dated his visit “2008″–it’s pretty clear that the president is not having a good week.

That being said, it really shouldn’t matter.  If someone followed me around with a microphone every day, they’d catch more than their fair share of gaffes.  In the grand scheme of things, I don’t care that a campaign-weary senator said during his umpteenth interview that he visited 57 states, just as I don’t care that an embattled Barack Obama has trouble letting go of 2008, or that he picked up a glass too early and rumpled the feathers of the British Crown.  What I care about is when the American president tells a sovereign nation–and steadfast ally, no less–what they can and cannot do with their borders.  What I care about is the message being sent by this president to organized labor through the actions of the executive-appointed National Labor Relations Board.

In the meantime, though, I’m certainly not against a laugh at the president’s expense.  It’s fairly obvious how these two overseas gaffes would be handled by the American press had they been made by George W. Bush.



  1. Anonymous says:

    This looked like a Three Stooges clip.

  2. nana3 says:

    It reminded me of a skit with Leslie Nielsen and The Queen from some movie…it was hilarious too… so at least Obama didn’t spill the wine down The Queen’s dress and then reach to blot it off her bust causing her to jump up hitting Obama in the face with her crown and pulling the table cloth off throwing food and wine in all the guests’ laps causing Prince Phillip to actually open his mouth to protest “What the bloody hell is going on?” all the while the orchestra plays “God Save The Queen”…see, it could have been worse!

  3. 2010, 2012 says:

    God gives free will and stuff happens as a result.
    i believe obama went to England to snub Netanyahu.
    what president schedules a visit to another country when a Head of State is visiting his own?

    mesh that with an un-necessary trip: there is no pressing reason for obama to be abroad at this time and the Israeli-Palestine has the possibility of global discontent, but he chooses to travel to Europe?

  4. 2010, 2012 says:

    stuff happens:
    instead of being the story of ‘a president-abroad’ the story became Netanyahu dresses down a U.S. president and wows the Congress while changing the minds of some of the democrats.

    meanwhile the only things we see coming from our president-abroad are his glaring goofs: dating sign-in register “2008″, goofing up a toast becuase he failed to do his protocol homework, and his wife’s dress, hair being winded as a result of bad planning (WHO SKIPS THE WEATHER REPORT FOR ANY BIG OCCASSION? if your 3-year-old-is about to have a party, YOU CHECK THE WEATHER AND PLAN ACCORDINGLY). a simple and english tradition out of respect of wearing a hat would have solved the hair problem and a straight skirt that the wind can only take so far as Kate Middleton wore would have been in accordance with the outdoor weather.

    long story short obama’s free will was to insult Israel but he ended
    up insulting himself.

  5. 2010, 2012 says:

    actually, Jeff if we cared about all the other things wrong with obama maybe we wouldnt have the problems we do have with obama because we would never elect an incompetent person to represent us.

    his Lightweightness was ever present in his resume and his first presenteation to us. it was enhanced in his debates and solidified with his dependence on teleprompters.

    our problem, as i see it is in dismissing the little things which gives insight into what is to come.

    birth certifiate for example. imagine the problems we could have avoided had we only taken care of first things first, like authenticating idendification as a first requirement to run for any office. all else would have been moot.

    respectfully, of course what i am saying is that we(collectively because i saw through him early on) .. but we allowed much this on ourselves by not doing things we should have done. by dismissing all else as trivial.

    little things always paint the larger picture. keep your eye on the little things.

  6. my turn says:

    who you invite to converse with your guests of honor says a lot about what you think of your guest. this guest list was laden with comedians, actors, singers?

    imo obama and wife decided on a european tour that begins in England and the Queen was merely being polite by accommodating them for a short time. something tells me England wasnt given much notice either.

  7. Anonymous says:

    “Keep your eye on the little things”….. That’s what she said.

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