We Call It Smooth

10 Mar

Yep, smooth and intelectual and modern…

The Prime Minister gave him an ornamental desk pen-holder hewn from the timbers of one of the Royal Navy’s anti-slaving ships of the 19th century, HMS Gannet. Even more appropriate, in 1909 the Gannet was renamed HMS President. The president’s guest also presented him with the framed commission for HMS Resolute, the lost British ship retrieved from the Arctic and returned by America to London, and whose timbers were used for a thank-you gift Queen Victoria sent to Rutherford Hayes: the handsome desk that now sits in the Oval Office. And, just to round things out, as a little stocking stuffer, Brown gave President Obama a first edition of Sir Martin Gilbert’s seven-volume biography of Winston Churchill. In return, America’s head of state gave the Prime Minister 25 DVDs of classic American movies. Evidently, the White House gift shop was all out of “my government delegation went to Washington and all I got was this lousy T-shirt” T-shirts. Still, the classic American movies set is a pretty good substitute, and it can set you back as much as $38.99 at Wal-Mart.

So much for the days of when our President was embarassing us on the international stage.  More here.

1 Comment

Posted by on March 10, 2009 in Eyes+Sharp Stick, International, Politics


One response to “We Call It Smooth

  1. Bob G.

    March 13, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Reese:When I first heard this story, I was WTF???Obama must think ALL DVD players around the world have the same regional formatting!Not hardly.He’s such an elitist.(and cheap too, except when it comes to OUR money…then’s he’s Mr. Spenditall)Good post.


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