The President Was Rude and Thoughtless

When recently meeting with the British Prime Minister, President Obama made a very careless mistake. As is custom when dignitaries meet, they give gifts. Gifts that should have meaning and symbolism to the receiver.
I hope the Brit’s don’t hold our president’s ridiculous idea of a gift against us. Please forgive us for HIS rudeness. Britain has been a friend and ally to this country for many,many years and this lack of forethought on our president’s part is completely unacceptable to many Americans.

A newspaper reports on March 3,2009:

Let’s hope he’s a Star Wars fan.

President Obama on Thursday gave British Prime Minister Gordon Brown a set of 25 classic American movies to mark his historic visit to the White House.

Brown, the first European leader to visit Obama since his Jan. 20 inauguration, was presented with a “special collector’s box” of DVDs during his two-day visit to Washington.

Downing Street, which reportedly tried to keep the present a secret, declined to say what movies were included in the set.

“One reason for the secrecy might be that the gift seems markedly less generous and thoughtful than the presents taken to Washington by the Prime Minister,” London’s Evening Standard newspaper reported.

The Daily Mail, however, reported the movie set included ET, Star Wars and The Wizard of Oz and was produced by the American Film Institute on “special request” from the White House.

Brown, who is not known to be a movie buff, gave the president and his children several uniquely historical gifts.

The first of which is a pen holder fashioned from the oak timber of HMS Gannet, a Navy vessel that served on anti-slavery missions off Africa.

Another treasure given to Obama is a framed commissioning paper for the HMS Resolute, a Royal Navy ship that came to symbolize British-American goodwill when it was rescued by the U.S. from icebergs and given to Queen Victoria. It is the sister ship of the HMS Gannet.

Finally, Brown gave Obama a first edition of Martin Gilbert’s seven-volume biography of Winston Churchill, whose World War II partnership with President Franklin Roosevelt symbolized the U.S.-Anglo alliance.

For Sasha and Malia, Sarah Brown, the Prime Minister’s wife, gave each an outfit from Topshop, a British chain of clothing stores, and selected six children’s books by British authors which have yet to be published in the U.S.

In return, First Lady Michelle Obama presented the prime minister’s two boys with toy helicopters modeled after Marine One.

Obama was so touched by the gifts, he called Brown on board his plane on Thursday to thank him. The call was placed after Brown addressed a joint meeting of Congress, the White House said. The two reportedly spoke for 10 minutes.

The White House later issued a press briefing to put on record how much Obama appreciated the gifts.

“The pen set is being displayed on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office and the books are in the President’s personal study adjoining the Oval Office,” the White House said in a statement.

During Brown’s first trip to America in the summer of 2007, he was given a fur-trimmed brown leather bomber jacket by President George W. Bush.

The prime minister’s reaction to the DVD set is not known.

A Fashion Statement All My Own

If all I’m going to do is more of the same….packing ’til my eyes begin to cross…. why should I care what I look like? Comfort should be my ultimate goal, correct? So what if I look like a psychotic yard sale shopper? I have on a pair of leggings with a pair of cut off shorts over them and a T-shirt with an over sized sweater over it. The sweater has a hood attached to it…and I sometimes like to wear the hood because it makes me resemble an elf. Some pointy ears, and I could pass. Not a stitch of makeup on and my hair, well let’s just say it is in it’s “natural state”. I think you are getting the picture.
I have a killer headache today….this time change thing has thrown me for a loop! So not only am I dressed like a vagabond, but I’m fighting the headache with extra strength Tylenol. At least I’m not having to take Benadryl. A couple of those pills and I am completely zonked out. I’m not kidding. I get loopy and then I fall over asleep. What can I say? One time when I had some really bad springtime allergies going on, I took a couple of Benadryl and was out of commission for a good 12 hours.
Well, I guess I should get back to work. If I have too. If I must. By the way, while packing I’ve noticed I own enough socks to cover the feet of a small army. I have a sock “thing”. I fully admit it. I guess as far as addictions go that is relatively mild…..and one never knows when a good pair of socks will be just the thing to brighten a day. I already know I’m weird. Hey,don’t make fun of me.