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  1. Mrs.PatsFanInVa

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    Oy......first he misdates the guest book - putting 5/24/08 instead of 5/24/11 and then he accidentallly sets off the playing of England's National Anthem - which ends up biting him in the press rather than the band which goofed it up.


    The US President had just begun proposing a toast to the Queen when the orchestra accidentally struck up God Save The Queen.

    However, rather than pause and continue the speech after the music had stopped, Mr Obama pressed on only to be rebuffed when he raised his glass to her.

    The Queen did not seem to take offence at the mishap and appeared to stifle an embarrassed smile.

    Protocol demands that people stand to attention when the national anthem is played.

    Seated between the Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall for the white tie function, Mr Obama got to his feet and addressed the guests saying: “Ladies and gentlemen, please stand with me and raise your glasses as I propose a toast.

    “To Her Majesty the Queen.”

    Mistakenly believing that was their cue, the orchestra of the Scots Guard began playing the national anthem.

    Mr Obama continued: “For the vitality of the special relationship between our peoples and in the words of Shakespeare to ‘this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England’.”

    Raising his glass, halfway through the anthem, he concluded “to the Queen”, but seemed baffled when she did not respond.

    Looking around sheepishly at the rows of guests stood in silence, Mr Obama placed his glass back on the table and clasped his hands until the band had finished.

    He then repeated the gesture to the Queen, who smiled again, as she finally raised her own glass to the President.

    Numerous US news websites poked fun at the President over the gaffe.


    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wor...ers-royal-toast-mishap-at-Queens-banquet.html
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    Kind of funny.

    My wife and I were just talking about white-tie events yesterday (I didn't know or forgot Obama was attending such an event), and how ultra-formal it can be. She, being of British and Canadian citizenry, went on about all the formalities surrounding a typical state visit with the Queen. Perhaps she could have helped Obama out a little.
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    The ass hole should stay home and play with his dog.


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    IMO it is good that he does not know the traditions of the monarchy.. otoh he must have a shytty protocol officer.

    If he bowed to the queen he would be criticized, if he did things right he would be criticized for knowing the protocol, if he shyt golden eggs he would be criticized..

    Somewhere out there in some basement are half naked men watching everything.. and reporting it to Matty.
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    This is funny because last time he was there he showed no deference to Her Majesty but bowed to King Abdullah.
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    Yea am rolling on the floor laughing..
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    I was thinking along that line. Of course, any type of movement on her part might jar that stick from it's unfortunate predicament.
  8. Mrs.PatsFanInVa

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    Kings always trump Queens, don't they?
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    If he got the protocol right for Liz and got it wrong for Abdullah they'd be searching his birth certificate for evidence he was born a girl.

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