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Classless Obama Gives DVDs To British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Camelot it's not.

Upon heads of state meeting for the first time in official capacity, it is customary to exchange gifts as tokens of friendship between the countries involved.

Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of Great Britain seemed to get the sincerity and solemnity of the occasion.

Mr. Brown gave Obama an ornamental pen holder constructed from the timbers of the anti-slavery ship HMS Gannet, once also named HMS President.

He also gave a framed commission for the HMS Resolute. The desk in the Oval Office is itself made from the timbers of the HMS Resolute. The Resolute has symbolic history between the two countries.

Lastly, Mr. Brown gave Obama a first edition set of the seven-volume classic biography of Winston Churchill, written by Sir Martin Gilbert.

The thoughtfulness and symbolism of these tokens of friendship given by our most treasured ally cannot be understated.

Of course, President Obama would have to reciprocate with something uniquely special to underscore our uniquely special bond to Great Britain, no?

Apparently not.

President Obama's well thought out gesture was a 25 DVD set of classic American films.

Go ahead.. Read that again.

Obama gave the Prime Minister of England something which probably could be purchased from Amazon.com, or found at a flea market.

Now just imagine if George Bush had done this.


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Comments (70)

Maybe he got the DVD set fr... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Maybe he got the DVD set from one of his Hollywood friends and just decided to regift it. I hope he took a magic marker to the price sticker. It would be tacky to leave the price exposed.

By the way, if this is true... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

By the way, if this is true does he have a Chief of Protocol?

The Brown's have what's kno... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

The Brown's have what's know as "Class". The Obama's do not.

Well, at least Obama's gift... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:

Well, at least Obama's gift wasn't a yard flamingo or a Lakers T-shirt.

So when Obama was given the... (Below threshold)
joh:

So when Obama was given the "first edition set of the seven-volume classic biography of Winston Churchill", did he reply "Thanks! This will go with my bust".

Well hopefully Mr. Brown's ... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

Well hopefully Mr. Brown's DVD player can playback NTSC format. PAL is the main format in the UK. But actually American film is a great addition to world culture. Name the films and I bet I can defend each one.

Paul, come on, you gotta kn... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Paul, come on, you gotta know this is pretty tacky.

You could also get them fro... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

You could also get them from Netflix, Paul.

25 DVD's available to one a... (Below threshold)
Andrew X:

25 DVD's available to one and all from Amazon??

"Aye, that was a Kingly Gift!"

Gimli, son of Gloin

25 DVD's available to one a... (Below threshold)
Andrew X:

25 DVD's available to one and all from Amazon??

"Aye, that was a Kingly Gift!"

Gimli, son of Gloin

What he should have done is... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

What he should have done is to sneak up behind him and give him a surprise neck-rub. Now that's class!

Problem is Bruce, the issue... (Below threshold)
Andrew X:

Problem is Bruce, the issue ain't what he shoulda done two years ago.... it's what he done done yesterday. (Oh, and you do see the level you yourself are now putting your man. I guess you like Mr. Bush after all.)

Your bright shiny quarter is all well and neat, now how about addressing the task at hand?

And this surprises anyone? ... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

And this surprises anyone? It's hard to buy things for those you can't relate to.

Just wait till Mahmoud shows up-Obama will shower him with lavish and thoughtful gifts as he will with Raul and Hugo.

A neck-rub would have at le... (Below threshold)
joh:

A neck-rub would have at least shown some humanity. The DVDs just show at worse contempt, at best disinterest.

Is he stupid, or just an a$... (Below threshold)
Alan:

Is he stupid, or just an a$$hole?

Guess what, guys? People wh... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Guess what, guys? People who are in charge of COUNTRIES don't give a shit about symbolic gifts. It's policy decisions that matter. What are we, tribal chieftains impresed by heap big wampum?

This may just be the sillie... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

This may just be the silliest thing I've ever seen posted at Wizbang. And that's saying something.

It's policy decisions that ... (Below threshold)
joh:

It's policy decisions that matter.

Uh, you mean like sacrificing Poland to appease Russia?

Maybe Obama can send the Poles a nice fruit basket instead of a missile defense.

I wonder if the greatest Sp... (Below threshold)
retired military:

I wonder if the greatest Spike Lee movies were among the 25.

Bruce, it's called protocol... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Bruce, it's called protocol. Leaders of nations exchange gifts as a show of respect. Just like being invited to someone's home and you bring a bottle of wine or something for the host and hostess. Of course it's not "necessary" but is it is one of the practices that makes civilization "civilized". It has nothing to do with being primitive or whatever you are implying.

I wonder if the greatest Sp... (Below threshold)
joh:

I wonder if the greatest Spike Lee movies were among the 25

Strangely, Do the Right Thing was missing, but Bamboozled was included.

I guess the book ghostwritt... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:

I guess the book ghostwritten for Barry says that Barry thinks his grandfather was tortured by the British during the Kenyan Mau Mau Uprising. Barry's gettin hisself some payback.

"This may just be the si... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"This may just be the silliest thing I've ever seen posted at Wizbang."

That's funny Bruce. There's this childish leftist who keeps bringing up a back massage in the comments section here, that I think is far sillier.

"People who are in charge o... (Below threshold)
Andrew X:

"People who are in charge of COUNTRIES don't give a shit about symbolic gifts."

Bruce, you are wrong and apparently on the same page as our CinC. Symbols like this DO matter, big time, especially with what we call the "special relationship" with Great Britain (born: 1917 - Died: 2009).

Frankly, I'm betting Hillary knows damn well that countries and leaders DO "give a shit about symbol(s)." She's at least a professional.

Let us not forget Sec. Albr... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

Let us not forget Sec. Albright presenting Kim-Jong Il with a signed basketball and champagne toast.

Well it turns out there's m... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Well it turns out there's more to the story. The DVD set was a side gift, not the main attraction, so to speak. When Gordon Brown and Obama met, Obama asked Brown if he had a handkerchief, which Brown produced. Obama took Brown's handkerchief and wiped the sweat off his face and gave it back to Brown as in the style of the King. Obama fancies his sweat a precious give like Elvis did. So you see, in the mind of Obama, Gordon Brown got far better than he gave and that's why Obama canceled the formal press conference. :-)

Guess what, guys? People wh... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Guess what, guys? People who are in charge of COUNTRIES don't give a shit about symbolic gifts. It's policy decisions that matter. What are we, tribal chieftains impresed by heap big wampum?

No Bruce, it does matter. It shows the kind of person you are. Did you put any thought into the gift? If not, how much thought are you going to put into discussing mutual problems?

It's called having the ability to relate to someone else on a human level. Something The One appears to have a hard time doing, unless of course he's using them to gain something he wants. The term "raw power" comes to mind.

Do these disks have the US ... (Below threshold)

Do these disks have the US or the European regional code? Will they play in the standard British and European players? Inquiring videophiles want to know.

Bruce,It is sad that... (Below threshold)
Grace:

Bruce,
It is sad that you just don't "get it".

It is utterly appalling that the President of the United States didn't.

Anyone who has been properly raised knows proper gift giving is important. If one doesn't have the benefit of being raised (if one just grew up), there are books one can learn from.

There is no excuse for these gaffes.

This president is the most ... (Below threshold)
Bruce Dekalb, IL:

This president is the most hopeless person to occupy the office.

Lemmee guess...wrapped in t... (Below threshold)
moseby:

Lemmee guess...wrapped in the Sunday comics?

You know I'm starting to fe... (Below threshold)
Meiji_man:

You know I'm starting to feel sorry for Hillary....

This is the second time in her life she's going to have to spend 4 years standing behind some moron thinking about how she could be handling the job better...

No wonder she's bitter....

If obama wanted to be reall... (Below threshold)
Will:

If obama wanted to be really classy he would have given PM Brown a gift certificate and let him pick his own movies.

Meiji-man -Tzzzzz... (Below threshold)
Andrew X:

Meiji-man -

Tzzzzz-aaaaAAAAAPPP!!!!!!!!!!

tsssssssssssss...........

That one stung.

This is embarrassing. No c... (Below threshold)

This is embarrassing. No class, no clue.
http://www.rightklik.net/

He could have given him a b... (Below threshold)

He could have given him a bust of himself, sculpted from the remains of the Greek columns from his nomination speech. Or he could have let him lick his testicles, as mere mortals only dream of such godly things. But in actuality, aside from the DVDs, he gave him the greatest gift of all: he let him eventually leave.

Whew!

Being retired military, I "... (Below threshold)
Codekeyguy Author Profile Page:

Being retired military, I "salute the uniform, not the man", but I'm even having trouble "saluting the uniform" that this classless prig is wearing. I fear for our country, I really do.

Another example of how arro... (Below threshold)
MPR:

Another example of how arrogant Obamalala is. The whole dis of G.Brown was because of Kenya. Is he the First Citizen of Kenya or the United States? He is pathetically immature to treat the head of the UK like he did. The UK has been a strong and great ally of the United States. He took advantage of Brown on this epic, historic, European campaign for photo ops. but, he doesn't need him now. This amateur president can't put his personal feelings aside? no matter how misguided? He is a disgrace.

But... But... But they told... (Below threshold)
STaylor:

But... But... But they told us they Obama would breeze through foreign relations with an effortless ease that would completely cover up his inexperience.
(shoves fingers in ears and starts jabbering madly)
La la la, not listening. Lala la.

I liken it to a child. You... (Below threshold)

I liken it to a child. You spend $1200 on a kid for Christmas and they get you a pair of socks.

But my question is this...President Obama has advisors that were in the Clinton White house and understand Presidential protocol. So, did Obama not listen to them...or did they tell him to do this? Either way......

"Lemmee guess...wrapped in ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"Lemmee guess...wrapped in the Sunday comics? "

No his girls had the comics silly. It was wrapped in a brown paper bag with masking tape.

Oh and tied up with twine.<... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Oh and tied up with twine.

I agree with most comments ... (Below threshold)
mag:

I agree with most comments on this site. Little things like gift giving gives insights to the person giving and receiving the gift. And more and more this man and his wife in the White House are proving what classless fools they are.
The foreign countries will start to see him for what is really is....and slowly the people in this country as well.
Anyone defending him on this issue is a bigger ass than obama!
It was wrong and insulting.

Well, the Brits <a href="ht... (Below threshold)
James H:

Well, the Brits certainly snarked back when President Bush gave Brown a bomber jacket.

While the DVD's are stupid,... (Below threshold)
Son of a Pig and a Monkey:

While the DVD's are stupid, they are particularly stupid and disrespectful given that Gordon Brown is blind in one eye.

For something personal, Zer... (Below threshold)
Son of a Pig and a Monkey:

For something personal, Zero-man could have given Brown signed copies of his contributions to the Harvard Law Review, when Zero-man was its editor. Oh, that's right, there weren't any. Zero-man was only "present".

"No his girls had the co... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

"No his girls had the comics silly. It was wrapped in a brown paper bag with masking tape"

Actually they were still in the Circuit City plastic bag

i HOPE he gave Brown the gi... (Below threshold)
Ben:

i HOPE he gave Brown the gift receipt too so he can exCHANGE it.

Bruce"People who a... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Bruce

"People who are in charge of COUNTRIES don't give a shit about symbolic gifts. "

So if Obama had pork chops on the menu at a dinner with the King of Saudi Arabia than it wouldnt be a problem would it. After all

"It's policy decisions that matter."


I wonder how "proud" Michel... (Below threshold)
KDS:

I wonder how "proud" Michelle Obama is now...

"Frankly, I'm betting Hilla... (Below threshold)
War Eagle:

"Frankly, I'm betting Hillary knows damn well that countries and leaders DO "give a shit about symbol(s)." She's at least a professional."

Apparently not. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/03/06/clinton-goofs-russian-translation-tells-diplomat-wants-overcharge-ties/

These are our best and brightest??

Brits are nthing but a bitc... (Below threshold)
Iki Paul:

Brits are nthing but a bitching lot. They should be grateful for what soever Obama and Michele thought worthy.Time of fools and their lapdogs (Bush/Blair) is gone. No double talks and British deception will work with Obama.

Tacky but as long as it und... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

Tacky but as long as it under 140 Pounds Brown will accept. He has made a point over the last year of rejecting every gift given to him that exceeds that standard.

That being said, a small statue showing England's support for the US in Both Afghanistan and Iraq could have been commissions.

HAHA##### what a douchbag ... (Below threshold)
shadyobama:

HAHA##### what a douchbag obama is...cheap ass -has to save his money on the $100 pound steak he gets from japan...ya overseas people..god forbid if its was from u.s.a(meat)but then again he wants peeps to spend hear? WTF obama -shady ass-#####

Who cares? I like DVDs, I'd... (Below threshold)
Tina:

Who cares? I like DVDs, I'd appreciate them. What, are these supposed "classy" guys supposed to give each other... gold casts of their dicks or something?

Brown gave a pen holder made from an old ship. A gift I could care less about.

The only gifts I'd consider "classy" is real art (like Van Briggle vase) and I don't think they should spend that much money on paltry gifts. I like giving gifts to friends but heads of state... symbolism does nothing for me. Just because Brown gave Obama a pen-holder doesn't mean I (as an American) am going to like the British more (though I do like the Brits as my relatives are).

The only good gift Brown gave, IMO, was the framed Resolute. That has the most symbolic value; the rest have none.

And a gift of American movies isn't pompous... it's equivalent to the biography of Churchill. One very American thing for one very British thing.

If you consider his roots a... (Below threshold)
Susie:

If you consider his roots and mutt background, how could you be surprised at this joke of a president and what he did. He is an embarassment to all Americans, and I'm ashamed that my fellow Americans voted for this idiot. I pray each day that he will only see one term. I know this one faux pas is the beginning of many more to come.

Tina-You are just ... (Below threshold)
Andrew:

Tina-

You are just as ignorant. It's not about how classy / expensive / symbolic a gift is. It's about how much thought you've put in picking this gift. If I gave you a book written in a language you can't understand, would you appreciate it? Or would you rather have the receipt and return it. This is akin to Obama giving PM Brown DVD's that wouldn't even play in their DVD players.

This presidents true colors... (Below threshold)
scott:

This presidents true colors are showing very quickly.It is quite obvious he is having trouble coping with the stress of the job. The signs are everywhere. This is are staunchest allie. Videos, what a "huckster, I am embaressed. I was worried about his ability or lack there of forign policy. What a travesty

This was so incredibly lame... (Below threshold)
Mack:

This was so incredibly lame, lame, LAME, not to mention classless.
This gaff is being swept under the rug by the media, in both countries. But let's all just take a moment and ponder how this story would have been handled if it was Bush who gave these gifts.
Nuff said!

Obama is a joke. The boy i... (Below threshold)
Pike:

Obama is a joke. The boy is in way over his head. It may not be pure rudeness like everyone suggests, it may just be Obama's ignorance. This country is in trouble.

To:Prime Minister Go... (Below threshold)
T.Rau:

To:
Prime Minister Gordon Brown:
Prime Minister, please accept the apologies of the American people for electing such an ideot
who apparently has no respect for his own office or yours. Please note that the vast majority of us regard you and your country as friends.

Send tea to Washington. ALL... (Below threshold)
david m:

Send tea to Washington. ALL the idiots need to go

Don't forget that Obama als... (Below threshold)
Anna:

Don't forget that Obama also gave back the historic bust of Winston Churchill which there are only two. This is the most famous bust of Winston Churchill. Great Britain gave this bust to President Bush for the White House after 9/11 as a sign of standing together: "We will stand together united as one." It has been sitting in the oval office since 9/11.

Obama told Brown they'll box it up so Gordon can take it back home with him. Brown refused saying "No, no, no, Mr. President, that was a gift from the people of England after 9/11. If you want to keep that in one of your museums, you may keep it in one of your museums but please, no, no, that was a gift. That wasn't to borrow. We didn't just lend that out to you. That's a gift from us."

What does Obama say, "No, that's okay. We don't want it." So our wonderful "hip, all-knowing" President is sending the bust of Winston Churchill back to England.

What's wrong with him? This is so embarrassing! This is basic social custom and behavior? If he can't even do that at the least how is he going to lead us? Great Britain's soldiers bled with us in Iraq and still does to this day. This is such a slap in the face of our greatest ally. The whole world hates us but Britain is like that one best friend that you know will always be there for you through the end. It's a total disrespect. I'm so sorry Great Britain! The rest of our country still loves you and always will. Thank you for the wonderful, thoughtful gifts. Thank you for being our one true "best" friend.

lets not forget Obama told ... (Below threshold)
IIDefectedII:

lets not forget Obama told the PM to take back the mantel that was given to Bush over the 9 11 tragedy . Obama wants nothing to do with america . Obama wants socialism and a world banking system ! Do you guy see the big pitcher over this out of control spending ( pork) bill ?

Don't be fooled, the Brits ... (Below threshold)
Reticon:

Don't be fooled, the Brits love Obama and this isn't going to change that. America is much "too big for its britches" and Obama is just the man to trim them back to mediocrity.

I'd like to start off by sa... (Below threshold)
Riatsila:

I'd like to start off by saying I didn't vote for Obama (I didn't like McCain either, but voted for him because I'd have preferred him for fear of what we're seeing today) but when he was elected I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. In fifty days, Obama has removed all doubt.

I wouldn't call this a "gaff" or "classless on Obama's part at all, rather, it appears to me to be a cold and calculated attack.

First off, the DVDs. Correct me if I'm mistaken, but I believe that PM Brown is deaf in one ear, and losing hearing in the other (or something to that effect). So I guess he might need to have the subtitles one...well, he would if this lovely collection of DVDs wasn't region 1.

Second, and more importantly, Winston Churchill. Look at Obama's current record: every day we see more and more of his Socialist plans starting to take root. Winston Churchill was one of the greatest enemies of Socialism, so naturally, anything related to him will be hated by Obama and his ilk. I believe Obama's words regarding the returned gift of the bust "No, that's okay, we don't want it" are more meaningful rather than ignorant.

It's looking to me like he's trying to cut off our stronger, more capitalist allies, and will no doubt soon be trying to build favor with more socialist nations instead.

Oh, one more thing, I'm pretty sure the reason Obama didn't have dinner with PM Brown, is because he couldn't find a good place to plug in his teleprompter at the table.

I am suprised by the idiocy... (Below threshold)
Leslie:

I am suprised by the idiocy we have representing all of us Americans. The UK, our allies for over 200+ years! And our president gave the prime minister ET and Wizard of freakin oz! Go to British news papers to read it for yourself. ITS SHAMEFUL. MRS IDIOT gave the British Prime Ministers children toy planes. I knew Mr idiot knows nothing about anything, but even my 5 year old son has enough brains to give respect were true respect is due.

This article only states th... (Below threshold)
Reed:

This article only states the half of it. American DVDs do not work in British players! So not only was the gift ludicrous but the Prime Minister probably wont even be able to watch them. The Prime Minister's wife also gave Obama's two daughters some nice clothes. Obamas wife wasnt prepared for this, so she ran downstairs and grabbed two plastic two Air Force One helicopters to be given to the Prime Ministers children, which could be bought at any gift shop. Nice.

Lighten up. Maybe on the n... (Below threshold)
Harvey:

Lighten up. Maybe on the next visit, Barry can do better, give something more meaningful, like, you know, an Art Van couch for the front porch at 10 Downing.

Don't you see? The m... (Below threshold)
Openeyed:

Don't you see?
The message is in the selection of the movies.

Please, wake up!




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