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Michelle ‘Charms’ Queen Out Of Protocol

From an unfazed CNN (via YouTube) and an awe-struck Associated Press:

Michelle Obama charms queen away from protocol

By Jennifer Quinn, Associated Press Writer – Thu Apr 2

LONDON – Michelle Obama has done what few others have managed — getting Queen Elizabeth II to break protocol.

The first lady arrived Wednesday with President Barack Obama. After separate meetings on the eve of the G-20 summit, the couple attended an evening reception for world leaders hosted by the queen.

Mrs. Obama clearly made an impression with the 82-year-old monarch — so much that the smiling queen strayed from protocol and put her arm around the first lady in a rare public show of affection

A Buckingham Palace spokesman who asked not to be identified because of palace policy said he could not remember the last time that the queen had displayed such public affection with a first lady or dignitary.

"It was a mutual and spontaneous display of affection," he said. "We don’t issue instructions on not touching the queen."

When the former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating put his arm around the queen in 1992, the tabloids dubbed him the "Lizard of Oz." When his successor, John Howard, was accused of doing the same, a spokesman insisted: "We firmly deny that there was any contact whatsoever." In 2007, President Bush gave the queen a sly wink during a visit she paid to the United States.

The Daily Mail said the "two women clearly took to each other." …

Mrs. Obama also seemed to win over the often feral British press…

The BBC described Mrs. Obama as her husband’s co-star rather than supporting act — appropriate for a Harvard-educated lawyer.

"She seems to be a good role model," said onlooker Rebecca Smith, who waited outside Buckingham Palace Wednesday to catch a glimpse of the Obamas.

"A strong, intelligent woman, I think she’ll go down very well here," Smith told the BBC. "Michelle Obama has a strong aura about her, a bit like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis." …

This is my favorite spin of this (albeit minor) gaffe so far.

It will make great fodder for the next installment of Mrs. Obama’s superhero comic book.

Yet another superhuman achievement from our First Lady.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 2nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

50 Responses to “Michelle ‘Charms’ Queen Out Of Protocol”

  1. curvyred says:

    I just read a Times article in which they said they felt The One’s wife broke protocol. http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1888962,00.html

    AP is really funny – I didn’t realize that it is still April 1st – I need to check my calender.

  2. Confucius says:

    Perhaps the queen likes her crumpet buttered on the other side.

  3. jobeth says:

    The Queen probably thought she picked her pocket and she was checking michelle by running her hand back up and down Michelle’s back just to make sure nothing was there.

    The Queen must think Americans are totally “uncouth”.

    Open letter to the Queen
    Your Majesty, I assure you not everyone in America is this buffoon like. If Your Majesty would try to remember just a short time ago when we DID have a REAL First Lady here….Her name was Laura Bush. She had true class. You remember her I’m sure.

    And not only that, they gave better gifts!

  4. jobeth says:

    I was reading somewhere that the way the Queen holds her pocket book is a silent sign to her “guards”. Midway on the arm = all ok
    If she lets it slide to her wrist the guards are to intervene.

    But in this video, watch her left hand. She is signaling for her guards “I’m OK”

    Lordy I wish she hadn’t done that. Would have been a “come uppence for michelle! Wouldn’t that have been a great sight? LOL

  5. bill says:

    Stupid stumble bum and his pet cow.

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    Mitchele asked the Queen Mum to take Aunt Zeti off their hands and the Queen was going to “GOOSE” her as she told her to,”PISS OFF”! But Mitchele caught her arm and push it up at the last moment.
    I told them Aunt Zeti was a hot subject and not part of the protocol.
    They never listen…….

  7. proreason says:

    Straight from the ghetto to the world stage.

  8. Colonel1961 says:

    Pardon me, ol’ chap, which way to the vomitorium?

  9. dulcimergrl says:

    How about “Teleprompter-in-Chief” and “First Sasquatch”? Or maybe “First Klingon”? or “First Clydesdale”? I’ve seen all these and more on other blogs.

    (Oops. Meant to put this after jobeth’s comment under Bill’s)

    • jobeth says:

      LOL I got it! All good names!

    • Confucius says:

      Excellent. Put a troll doll’s head on a Yeti’s body, and you got Michelle Obama.

      On the plus side, she probably don’t need Secret Service.

    • VMAN says:

      Clydesdale? Clydesdale? I think those are beautiful and majestic animals. Noble animals that carry their heads high. Strong well toned animals that work for a living. Klingon? Klingon? A fierce warrior race that built a vast empire. A noble race!!! I think I gotta go Sasquatch. A smelly half ape half human beast. Sometimes referred to as a skunk ape. Let me see it’s elusive and lives in dark places. Not often seen near civilization. Yup that’s it “First Sasquatch”

  10. Kilmeny says:

    This morning I thought that if the dingbats of Good Morning America gushed anymore over the Obamas’ visit I would vomit into my oatmeal. They made what was a minor error into a sign that Michelle had so charmed the Royal Jelly out of the Queen that she couldn’t help but break tradition and protocol, just for her. Just imagine if it had been Laura Bush…..

    • Colonel1961 says:

      Exactly, Kilmeny. They’d have displayed their most dour faces and gone to great lengths to portray her as a bumpkin.

  11. MinnesotaRush says:

    Michelle o-blah-blah and “Charm(s)” should NOT be used in the same sentence together! Ever!

  12. Anonymoose says:


    I don’t know how much longer I can take this, every time I turn around it’s another wonderful super-achievement by Barry or Michelle is just adored, for her toned arms (Just WHAT is up with that?) her demeanor, or just gosh darn it she’s so……classy? I can’t forget that one commentator who said he had a crush on her.

    All she did was briefly put her arm around the Queen and the Queen responded the same. What the MSM isn’t noticing is that the other people who got jumped all over for making physical contact with the Queen were all men, it’s probably not as serious an issue for another woman.

    Also, all we’ve seen is this brief contact, but the MSM acts like the Queen was on BBC 2 talking about how wonderful a visit it was.

    I mean, geez, if you’re going to prop up two phoneys get better material!

    • jobeth says:

      “for her toned arms (Just WHAT is up with that?) ”

      Ummm, She mixed up Obalmy’s testosterone for her birth control?

  13. Reality Bytes says:

    Maybe it’s just a cultural thing. Here’s another example.


    Hey! Can’t We All Just Get Along?

  14. DGA says:

    You know, wouldn’t somebody like the first lady O.B.A.M.A. at least have some respect for the monarchy, I mean, wouldn’t you be in awe, or at least be respectful enough or have maybe even READ up something about the british empire enough to know to just shake hands with the Queen? No? Disrepectful skank MO is, jeeze. And, an Ipod? Really? Hey, maybe the Queen can record the sound tracks off the DVD that obama gave the prime minister and listen to them on it. The world leaders all have to be laughing behind closed doors at these embarrasments for US diplomats. Clueless.

    • jobeth says:

      It just occured to me that maybe we should be glad that it was only an IPOD and boom boxes aren’t still in style!

      I can see it now. In struts BO & MO, bouncing to the beat with a gigantic boom box resting on his shoulder with a the big bow on it for the Queen.

      The thing would be bigger that she is! LOL

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      Here’s some video of Barry on his way to Buckingham Palace:


    • Barbie says:

      Jobeth said (I paraphrase)- we’re lucky boom boxes aren’t still in style and MO walking in with one on her shoulders. Good imagery. – that’s funny!!

      Can’t the Obamas take a class in basic etiquette?

    • jobeth says:

      LD, thanks for that…..I think….LOL

  15. Rusty Shackleford says:

    This speaks volumes to me of something I’ve observed all my life.

    Now, first and foremost, I’m no great fan of any royalty. But, barring that, I am keenly aware that the queen of England is very conscious of the fact that she exists and lives the life she does at the permission of the people. The fact that it’s a semi-socialist, semi-democratic nation with a monarch labeling all it’s armed forces notwithstanding, I submit that the queen represents a lot of things that just irk me. Epitome of “class” though she may be.

    However, given that, the other side of the coin is how the president and first ‘ho conduct themselves and it comes down to what lower class people and most blacks in particular seem to think what real class is. It’s not how you dress. It’s not what you drive. It’s not how big your house is and often, I see that gaudy, over-the-top attempt at “class” by anyone who thinks that it’s all about style.

    Well, I’ve met people of very modest means who have more class and are more well-mannered than some of the wealthiest people I’ve met. Those who say, “please” and “thank-you” and “I’m sorry” and “I beg your pardon”.

    The Obamas represent none of this to me. Like many Americans of my generation, and…again…especially blacks, the motivation to gain respect, which is driven by the feeling of inadequacy results in a “tail wagging the dog” kind of situation. When a person who has no class sees what people who DO have class…or who they THINK has class drives, wears, lives in, etc….they think that winning the lottery and surrounding themselves with finery will award them class.

    In essence, the Obastards have won the lottery.

    But, as anyone on this bog can see, where the Kennedys, much as I really detest them, had at least been schooled in manners, protocol, and so forth, whereas the Irish clan of O’bamas “be all up in it”. In other words, they are mere polished turds.

    I’m not talking about the difference between those who know where the salad fork goes and so on; I’m talking about grace, presence and humility that are the mark of real class. Along with that I’ll include intelligence and self-awareness.

    They have none of these qualities. And I’m not even saying that should be a prerequisite for being the president and first lady. But as was shown in the Clinton administration, this nation can really ill-afford having any kind of yard-sale, Walmart greeters in the White House. (no disrespect to Walmart greeters intended).

    The Obamas are the kind of people who would make a fuss over the mistake the waiter made. That kind of fuss where every table in the restaurant would hear. They are the kind of people who would sit in a doctor’s waiting room and laugh loudly and shuck and jive while other people sat quietly while not feeling too well, waiting to be seen.

    They have no awareness of their own actions, or the significance thereof. Their “gift” to the queen of England says, “We’uns be thinkin’ you be diggin’ this”, rather than, “We, as Americans, appreciate all the kind things your nation has done for us, even since 1812, and we’d like to continue this immense friendship that serves us both so well”.

    See the subtle, almost undetectable difference? Usually that subtlety, and of course I’m being sarcastic here, is lost on a HUGE segment of the population. I’m sure, somewhere in some dark, urban area, where the homeys all hook up for some ‘ball, they’re thinking that they gave the queen a really “fly” present…and “that’s real class”.

    And perhaps that was the motivation for them to give such a piece of crap to the queen.

    And then, to load it up with his own speeches speaks volumes as to how he views himself. “I am so historical…so……uh…….completely and ……uh………utterly important that……uh………you will ……..uh…..have to admit that having my…….uh……….speeches…in your iPod will……….uh……underscore my significance in history”.

    Well, I was past the fact that he’s the first black, african-american, negro,colored president way back in 1993 when Bill-Jeff was our FIRST black president.

    Apparently, Barry is still so overwhelmed by the fact that he got elected, he needs to point out the obvious to every soul on the planet.

    The rest of us are also overwhelmed. But for different reasons.

    But no, his lack of taste, lack of class and lack of humility all combine to tell the world that “yup, Americans really DON’T have any clue” When I was in the Air Force, Barry would be the kind of guy to go to all the local hangouts in a foreign country and be that “ugly American”. And so often in Germany, I saw, usually the black guys…in nightclubs and such acting as ugly and pathetic as the hosts would complain about. So I stopped going to those clubs and would hop in my car and go to the places that the Americans didn’t go and work hard to learn the language and even though they often spoke English very well, they appreciated the effort.

    I was in THEIR country, not the local Circle K back home. I was aware of that. I made myself be humble when I would hear criticism of my nation…but at the same time, politely speak proudly of it.

    Again, Bo-Bo is not capable of this. His desire to be liked by everyone which is his biggest failure and will remain so, is why his public speeches are so contradictory. When addressing ACORN, his agenda is to speak poorly of rich people, of which he is one himself. When addressing any group, faction or organization, he will tailor his remarks to what he thinks they want to hear, which results in many buying into the “he’s so well-spoken” and “Well, we should give him the benefit of the doubt”.

    But those of us here, most of whom are able to make our own assessments, are in stark awe of the say one thing-do another behavior, the constant contradiction and in many case the carrying out of threats made during his campaign.

    I don’t for one minute believe that the queen of England would believe anything he says. He is neither impressed by her for her genuine social education nor by her well-above-average intelligence. He and his wife wouldn’t be able to identify the fact that she has more “class” in her toenail than they could ever acquire because he’s too busy gawking at the palace and the “bling” she has there. “Man….did you see all dat STUFF she have? Dat is totally TIGHT”.

    I wouldn’t be surprised when they returned back the the WH that they go to Niemann Marcus and find all the suits of armor they can and hire painters to make portraits of them in medieval attire.

    Such is the way of style over substance.

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:


      I can sum up your whole thesis in one word but Steve wants to keep it classy.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I hear ya LMGS…..I hear ya.

    • proreason says:

      It’s all about proving that they are just as good as the Queen of England.

      But if they were, they wouldn’t have to prove it.

    • Colonel1961 says:

      You’re lottery analogy is perfect. They have no class nor manners. The Obamas are arrivistes…

      Your assessment of blacks is also spot-on. And it’s too bad. They have to have a Lexus or a Mercedes (which are not considered investments, btw) and all the latest clothes and handbags – then they wonder why they continue to be poor. Stupid is, as stupid does.

    • Gila Monster says:

      Well stated Rusty, the current grifters in the WH don’t have a clue.

      With the Clintoon admin, we had dope smokin’ (no inhalin’ mind you), Bud swillin’, Firebird drivin’, trailer trash livin’ good ol’ frat boys from Little Rock along with their girlfriends from the latest “Possum dance” at Bubba’s Bait Shop & Bar, once removed by mail order law degrees from the U of Arkansas or Harvard, take your pick, running the show.

      Now, with the Obanination admin, we have half Clintoon re-runs along with spleef smokin’, coke snortin’, Olde English swillin’. Caddy drivin’, project livin’ community organizers from Chi-Town along with their girlfriends from the latest “Source Awards dance” at Huggy Bear’s Bar & Head Shop, once removed by affirmative action law degrees from U of Chicago or Harvard, take your pick, running the show.

      Am I seeing a pattern here? ;o)

  16. canary says:

    I guess the Royal family is short on cash.
    Rare for the Queen and Prince to allow private photo ops in Buckinghouse Palace.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Not often do the Royal couple get axed by an American Houseboy and Mammie to schmooze before the camera.
      The Royals be slummin’ big time!!!

  17. GL0120 says:

    “The Daily Mail said the “two women clearly took to each other.” …”

    And why not, they’re both useless.

  18. GL0120 says:

    “The Daily Mail said the “two women clearly took to each other.” …”

    And why not, they’re both useless.
    By the way, is it legal to download songs and then make a gift of them?

  19. GL0120 says:

    Ooh, ooh, I just thought of another, headline making question!!!
    Does anyone know if Michelle allowed TCO (The Castrated One) to take his balls along on the trip?

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