2009-03-06

Obama Gives PM Gordon Brown a Crummy Box of DVDs

Maybe They Could've Sweetened the Deal with a Used Copy of Mac and Me

It pretty much goes without say that the Brits have been one of our best allies ever since that whole unpleasant War of 1812 business. World War I, World War II, standing united against communist expansion, fighting side by side against terrorism, and other "minor" mutual understandings to name a few. But Obama's staff neglected to pull out the stops when PM Gordon Brown was in town and gave him what looks like a box of used DVDs from a Virginia flea market. Not exactly the V.I.P. treatment for a Prime Minister. Perhaps Obama should've screened his staff for protocol experience instead of whether or not they ever owned a firearm. From Daily Mail (h/t Flopping Aces):
Perhaps pertinently, given Britain is floundering in an economic slump, the DVD collection was thought to feature the movie of John Steinbeck's Great Depression novel, 'The Grapes Of Wrath'.

The gift also included the Oscar-winning boxing biopic 'Raging Bull' starring Robert Di Nero and Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller Psycho - maybe a comment on the PM's notorious short fuse?

And he will hope that at a General Election the British public do not shun his imploration for another term in office by thinking at the ballot box of the famous line from another of the movies, Casblanca: 'Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.'
Obviously, the Brits, big on the whole pomp and circumstance thing, were bloody-well pissed. Obama is set to meet the Queen of England in the near future. Let's hope that some boneheaded staffer doesn't diarrhea all over the toilet seat in Buckingham Palace further embarrassing America.

6 comments:

Mia Zagora said...

Yep. Those Obamas are real classy, they are! I do think they should have thrown in a couple of bags of popcorn and, maybe, some lottery tickets. Now THAT would have been some gift!

cbullitt said...

Oh, no. They'll do better: a cheesy "Things Remembered" silver-plated plaque engraved in celebration of the audacity of Guy Fawkes.

Nixon said...

LOL. Nothing spells diplomatic relations like trying to blow up a country's Parliament. Maybe they could've thrown in an IRA action figure set as well.

jim_uk said...
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jim_uk said...

I'm a Brit and I'm not aware of anyone who is "pissed", in fact the few that took any notice thought it was funny. I'd love to be a fly on the wall when Brown starts kicking his region 2 DVD player because it won't play your region 1 disks. Brown is not well liked over here, if the British people bought him a present it would more than likely be length of rope and a route map to the nearest tree. Do feel free to humiliate the man, maybe next time give him a rotting dead dog or something similar.

George said...

OMG! Mac And Me! LOL

I thought I was the only person who had been suckered into seeing that 90 minute long McDonald's commercial disguised as a movie. I've been trying to live that down for years!