Individually, these events look petty and isolated, but when you consider them together, it appears that Barack Obama might actually have some level of hatred directed at the British government. Here are three indications that Barack Obama Hates England.
1. The Churchill Bust
After the attacks of September 11, 2001, the British government, led by then Prime Minister Tony Blair gave the United States a bronze bust of Sir Winston Churchill on loan as a symbol of our strong historical relationship and our continued strength together for the future. President George W. Bush displayed the bust in a special place in the Oval Office for the next seven years.
After President Obama's inauguration, the British government contacted the White House to inform the newly elected president that they would like to continue the loan as a sign of lasting support between allies.
Obama responded with, "Thanks, but no thanks."
Needless to say the British press was outraged, but little did they know that this was just the beginning of the insults they would receive within the next few days.
2. 25 American DVD's
When Prime Minister Brown visited the White House last week, he came bearing gifts that exemplified the new administration and symbolized a continued connection between the United Kingdom and the United States. Brown's gifts to Obama were:
- A pen-holder carved from the timbers of the anti-slavery vessel, the HMS Gannet
- A framed commission for the HMS Resolute, the sister ship of the HMS Gannet
- A first-edition of Martin Gilbert's seven-volume biography of Winston Churchill
- Six British children's books for Sasha and Malia that have not been published in the US
- Sasha and Malia also received an outfit from Topshop, an up-scale clothing chain in Britain
The HMS Resolute was a British exploration vessel that became lodged in Arctic ice in 1852. After several months, the crew secured the ship, which was still stuck in the ice, and abandoned it in order to return home. In 1855, the United States discovered the ship 1,200 miles from where it was abandoned, removed it from the ice and restored the Resolute in order to make it seaworthy. In 1856, the United States returned the Resolute to England as a gesture of goodwill and peace.
In 1880, the British government presented the United States with a desk crafted from the timbers of the HMS Resolute, known as the Resolute Desk. A second desk was crafted from the timbers and the British government gave it to the widow of the man who was instrumental in returning the Resolute to England, Henry Grinnell.
The desks have long been a symbol of peace and camaraderie between the American and British governments.
The Obama's gave
- 25 DVD's of American movies
- 2 Plastic models of Marine One Helicopters for the Prime Minister's sons
It was particularly thoughtless, however, now that news has surfaced that Prime Minister Brown is completely blind in one eye and is rapidly losing his sight in the other eye.
To put this in context, it would be as if Churchill himself had shown up with a skateboard for Franklin Roosevelt.
The Obama's gifts were thoughtless at best and cruel at worst.
3. The Administration's Response to the Gift Gaffe
The British Press questioned US officials over the less than stellar meeting between the two heads of state. The gifts were one issue, but the Obama Administration failed to host the Prime Minister at a formal dinner, nor did he receive the usual joint press conference that the British government has come to expect during visits to the United States.
The Obama administration responded to questions with the following statement
"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."Um... Excuse me? Nothing special? The British government has been our strongest ally in the world for almost two centuries. Our people share a special bond through the history of our nation. We've fought, bled, and died together. American blood has been shed for British freedom and British blood has been shed to protect Americans.
Forget the DVD's and the bust and the improper protocol during the Prime Minister's most recent visit. All of that can be overlooked, but this statement that specifically places the United Kingdom on the same footing as backwards, terrorist breeding grounds, such as Saudi Arabia and Iran, must be challenged and corrected.
So does Barack Obama hate England for some reason? Review the evidence the administration has displayed so far and judge for yourself.
Update: A Royal Screw-up - Obama gives iPod of his own speeches to the Queen of England
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