Obama embarrassed the United States during the first formal visit of a British Prime Minister during the Obama Presidency. Clinton’s State Department (quoted below) showed itself to be enormously ill informed and actually rude to the British officials, who understandably wanted to know what was going on.
Brown should have received the traditional joint press conference and state dinner. Obama could scarcely spare him a moment. When Brown presented him with extremely well thought out and meaningful gifts, Obama gave him a set of movies. Seriously, movies that cannot even be played on British machines. It was a dreadful slap in the face which the British have not deserved. Receiving protests, the administration reacted in a juvenile manner.
The real views of many in Obama administration were laid bare by a State Department official involved in planning the Brown visit, who reacted with fury when questioned by The Sunday Telegraph about why the event was so low-key.
The official dismissed any notion of the special relationship, saying: “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.”
Excuse me? What? Great Britain is NOT just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. Mind you, I strongly disapprove of many of Gordon Brown’s policies, but Britain is the Mother of Republics world wide. Her Common Law is the basis for American Law. The English Bill of Rights strongly influenced our Constitution. Our ties to Britain have historically been the strongest. (Post 1814, of course.)
This is Obama’s State Department. What in blazes was Hillary Clinton doing while the White House was insulting our greatest ally? For all the left’s whining about George W. Bush being a Texas Yahoo, there was never a botched reception like this while Bush was in the White House.
How could have Obama have bungled this so badly? While it is true that BHO hasn’t so much as run a McDonalds, he does have a degree from Columbia and Law Degree from Harvard. Surely, somewhere he should have learned rudimentary manners.
Has someone told him that he is supposed to accept shamrocks from the Prime Minister of Ireland next week? Someone keep the White House from handing over a statue of a Leprechaun or something.