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Shocker – Obama Can’t Even Make Toast

From our old buddy Jake Tapper at ABC News:

Awkward Moment During Obama Toast to Queen

Jake Tapper
May 24, 2011

The president and the orchestra at Buckingham Palace this evening were a bit out of synch. When the president toasted the Queen the orchestra misunderstood a pause and what seemed to be a cue from the president for “God Save the Queen” to begin playing.

“Ladies and gentlemen please stand with me and raise your glasses as I propose a toast,” the president said, putting down his note cards and grabbing his glass. “To her majesty the Queen.”

The president paused, the guests stood, and the orchestra prepared to play.

We think Mr. Tapper is being far too kind to Mr. Obama here. It is our understanding that toasts to her royal majesty are, by tradition, brief and to the point — usually amounting to little more than "to her majesty the Queen."

So it was not the fault of the orchestra that they assumed Mr. Obama was done.

But the president wasn’t done speaking. “The vitality –“ the president said before the orchestra began. Then the familiar tune – you might know it better as “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” – started up.

The president kept going: “ — of the special relationship between our peoples and for the words of Shakespeare to this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England,” the president said as the awkward moment played out.

The Queen looked ahead as the UK anthem played.

It would appear Mr. Obama is unaware that ‘God Save The Queen’ is the United Kingdom’s national anthem. Either that, or he is unaware that it is standard practice to stand at attention when a nation’s anthem is played.

Moreover, you have ask yourself exactly who is writing Mr. Obama’s toasts these days? Is there anything more hackneyed than to praise Britain by quoting the ‘sceptred isle’ speech from the Shakespeare? (King Richard II, Act 2, Scene 1.) This is what comes from surrounding yourself with twenty year olds know nothings, who think they know everything.

“To the Queen,” the president finally said. He lifted his glass to her, she smiled a bit uncomfortably.

But because the song was playing, no one drank from his or her glass, including the president, who put his glass down on the table. Then once the song was over, everyone raised a glass.

It almost felt like one of those moments at the Academy Awards when the speech from the recipient for Best Original Screenplay goes on too long and the orchestra tries to hustle him or her off the stage.

Kind of weird.

Normally we would not bother to comment on such a trivial incident. But JIIIHBB (Just Imagine If It Had Been Bush)? This would have been the lead story on all of the news shows for a week. And the amusing anecdote about his loutishness would been lovingly passed down from father to son for generations.

But more significantly, this incident is just the latest example of Mr. Obama’s glaring lack of polish on the world’s stage. As if his embarrassing bowing and scraping hadn’t already proved to us that he has not the slightest clue about how to behave in diplomatic circles.

Isn’t there anyone in this administration who can teach the Obamas some of the basics of diplomatic protocol? Heck, where is Madeline Albright, that great maker of toasts, when you need her?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 25th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

36 Responses to “Shocker – Obama Can’t Even Make Toast”

  1. Warren says:

    Is Obama THAT boring?

    • retire05 says:

      No, Warren, he is actually that stupid.

      And Tapper is not telling the straight on the story; the Queen (if you view the video) first looked at Obama like he had just lost his mind, THEN she looked “ahead”. The look on the Queen’s face was “My God, is this the best those damn colonialists can do?”

      So, once again, Obama’s protocol department was nowhere to be found. Perhaps they never bothered to tell him that a nation’s national anthem should be respected since he seems prone to do crotch salutes during our own national anthem.

      What an embarrassment this man is to our nation.

    • jobeth says:


      “The look on the Queen’s face was “My God, is this the best those damn colonialists can do?”

      All I can say is thank goodness that the Queen (and Netanyahu) are fully aware that America has produced a long line of Presidents who at the very least know how to behave in public…(and state functions). s

      He is nothing more than a horrible blot on the beautiful tapestry we call America.

      He too shall past….I just hope it’s soon enough to save what he is squandering.

  2. Mithrandir says:


    Runs off to Ireland to ‘find his roots’
    Signs Westminster Abbey guest book in the wrong YEAR!
    Embarrasses himself while making a toast to the queen. .

    Meanwhile, in the U.S.A.
    ~Catastrophic flooding in the Midwest.
    ~Catastrophic tornadoes all over the country this tornado season.
    ~Prime Minister of Israel gives a speech at a joint meeting of Congress.
    ~High unemployment.

    Would the media go bonkers? or downplay the whole thing as they are doing now?

  3. Petronius says:

    How pathetic.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      The houseboy has no social graces……even with a teleprompter.
      What a putz!!
      What a boner!!

    • jobeth says:

      LD…I agree with everything you said…but there wasn’t a teleprompter this time. He had to read from his notes…He kept looking down.

      And as to the toast…or what ever the heck the was…My husband (A Brit to remind you) and I both watched in horror as The anthem, “God Save the Queen(King)” played on and he kept on talking…and on…and on.

      And we both must have missed it but neither of us saw him ever raise his glass to his lips. Once the anthem was over and the toast actually happened we saw everyone raise their glass to their lips…but not him…he turn towards her and held out his glass and then set it down. Or did we miss something?

      I’m thinking he thought that “God Save the Queen” was actually that “antiquated” song he heard in school called “My Country Tis’ of Thee”….No need to stop talking for that little ditty. It means nothing. To HIM.

    • Petronius says:

      jobeth, did you or hubby also notice that — once again! — he had to touch the Queen?

      Yes, Nerobama placed his left hand on the Queen’s back as if to guide her from the room. Seems he just can’t keep his hands to himself.

      Years ago 10,000 swords would have leapt from their scabbards and rushed to the Queen’s defense.

      But today the Brits just shrug and mutter, “Cor blimey, what a bloody wanker.”

      (By the way, welcome back!)

    • jobeth says:

      Hey Petronius…I’ll pop in and out and I always read the posts when something happens and I want to see what the “real” Americans say about it…lol Thanks :D Just staying busy tho…and outta trouble. Best for all LOL

      “But today the Brits just shrug and mutter, “Cor blimey, what a bloody wanker.”

      How truthful can you be! lol That’s EXACTLY what I’d hear….ha! Too bad we can talk them into the swords again…lol

    • Liberals Demise says:

      jobeth……it looks like Barry O’boner falls on his own sword all the time!
      He really is a miserable sot.

  4. untrainable says:

    Aw, c’mon. Give the guy a break. He’s just trying ever so hard to come across as thoughtful. Those pauses were taught to him at university, where the thoughtful man’s speech requires pauses like Captain Kirk with Alzheimers and a mild stutter. You have to give him credit though. Any of us would be embarrased if we constantly screwed up this way. But he sees himself as perfect no matter how stupid he looks to the rest of the world.

    I’m just going to start referring to our oblivious moron-in-chief as “President Derp”. If you rolled everything he says in public up into a concise and accurate representation of his political and social acumen, you get “Uhhhhh… Derp!”

    I have to admit, when I read the title of this one, my first thought was that he had probably stuck a fork into a toaster. DERP!

  5. oldpuppydixie says:

    Naturally this ignorant, hyper-arrogant ass figures the world should stop and pay rapt attention to his every word. Talking through God Save the Queen is unthinkable…except for someone as self-important as Hussein.

  6. tranquil.night says:

    Spike loves it when you think his intentional actions are the result of naive incompetence.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I truly think that he sees this as Britannia trying to shut him up. He knows his last visit was viewed as intensely rude. I don’t think Mooch-elle even went anywhere near the queen this time, least of all to put her arm around her in a photo-op. No, I think Hambone and Mrs Hambone probably didn’t want to be there, were just “going through the motions” as it were and figured the royal court had it in for them. Yes, I think they are that naive……..and petulant and presumptuous.

      As regards his speechifying, I have noticed that although W often made grammatical errors, or used the incorrect word and couldn’t say “nuclear”, his speeches were human, from the center of his thoughts and brief. On the other hand, Hambone has the habit of saying stupid things with perfect English and sentence construction. In other words, a contractor can have all the right materials and equipment but still build a house of crap.

      As for the toast, yes, his 20-somethings don’t know about the customs of other nations, in particular those of our allies. They can, however, probably tell you about the customs of some third, fourth or fifth world cesspool and what to say/not say to whatever thug is in charge.

    • proreason says:

      “Isn’t there anyone in this administration who can teach the Obamas some of the basics of diplomatic protocol?”

      Before you can teach, someone needs to want to learn.

      Spike is doing all of the teaching on his watch, thank you very much.

    • tranquil.night says:

      The ignorance is intentional because there is no desire for mutual respect at the personal level. As you said, he was going through the motions, and as such didn’t bother to concern himself with the customs. Is it naivety or arrogance?

      What do British traditions or customs matter to a West hating Marxist ushering in change? His flubs aren’t going to amount to any problem for him here politically, as Bush or Palin and ‘America’s opinion abroad’ would be ridiculed for months.

      You know what the latest hip retort is? “U Conservativez r just pist at Obama all the time ‘cuz u got a small **** LOL!” I’m not kidding, that is the level we’re working on when we’re talking the current divide.

  7. “It is better to have broken Irish than clever English.”

    Obama longs for 2008.

  8. Tater Salad says:

    Our President of the United States, is obviously in love with himself. On his first visit to the United Kingdom, Barack Obama gives the Queen of England a handy little I-Pod as his gift from the him to her. What was in the memory of the I-Pod that draws the “just shake your head in disbelief moment”. Obama put a couple of his speeches into the I-Pod so the Queen could listen to him before going to bed at night. This President is in love with himself, arrogant and self-centered. He is a complete embarrassment to the people of the United States.

    1. http://hotair.com/archives/2009/04/01/confirmed-queens-ipod-includes-obamas-speeches/

    2. Then we have this arrogance: http://www.ihatethemedia.com/obama-says-hell-only-serve-eight-years

    3. Barack Obama hates the British and here is why: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1287828/Revealed-Why-President-Obama-loathes-British.html

  9. GetBackJack says:

    Oh golly, this will earn me your wrath … but even though I DESPISE the man, the video looks to me like the Conductor jumped the gun and cut off President Obama before he was finished toasting the Queen.

    I’m not sure, yet, whose fault this is.

    But it damn sure looked Mickey Mouse.

    • tranquil.night says:

      I’ve seen it reported that the custom was actually to give the toast after the anthem (haven’t found an official source on that yet other than the blogs).

    • proreason says:

      It’s not like the Brits don’t have a reason to cut the M’er off, is it?

      Churchill’s bust, the ipod filled with Spike’s speeches, the Faulklands, the betrayal of UK’s nuclear secrets, and a dozen or do other slurs and insults.

    • jobeth says:

      Get Back, that was my first thought until my husband said they usually play both anthems and then comes toasts/speeches etc. It was a muck up wasn’t it?

      But I am SOOO glad he got egg on his face. No one deserves to be taken down a notch or two more than the “Great I Won” Especially in front of the Queen who he has tried to diss every chance he gets. Jerk

  10. retire05 says:

    GetBackJack, even if the band did jump the gun, protocol demanded that Obama shut his pie hole while the British national anthem was playing. He didn’t, but continued to ramble on during the anthem. That is much more than a simply faux pas. It was an example of someone who is totally clueless when it comes to protocol.

    A community organizer does not a consumate statesman make.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Oh, I so agree, but … this is cause for Leftists, community organizers and the rest of the squalid Me Generation to learn WHY rehearsals are such a critical part of statesmanship.

    • jobeth says:

      NO one goes before an official state function with the Queen in attendance without a whole set of do’s and don’ts given and.or rehersed. Obviously he is much too important to bother with stuff like that though.

      Goooo Queen! She got her “own back” as my hubby would say. And she didn’t even have to lift a royal finger. He did all the work for her…ha! So predictable

      So lets see…He started out before his trip by putting his foot in his mouth about Israel….with Netanyahu getting his own back with a standing “O” in congress. Then he tried…unsucessfully to mimic an Irish accent…ewww. Then his his limo goes “see-saw” before even reaching the street requiring a change in limos. Then he signs the guest book at Westminster Abby…probably dreaming how this year is sooo much like that wonderful year in 2008…NOT!….DUDE! And then he tops it all off with this anthem toast….What a baffoon!

    • canary says:

      Jo Beth. Noticed most stood and looked straight ahead, except Obama.
      Obama just can’t can’t get his muslim customs of bowing. Where’s Michelle suppose to be?

    • jobeth says:

      Good eye canary….LOL. It’s kinda hard to give credence to the claim he’s not a muslim when he keeps doing the same things all the time….THAT MUSLIMS DO….Lol. I mean “…my muslim faith…” and 57 states, and let me kiss the floor in front of you, your highness… Of course he forgets that the Queen is royal too….or maybe he just doesn’t understand it yet.

      I’m sure the Queen is enjoying watching him gaff so much in front of the world. Would have LOVED to be a fly on the wall that night in the Queen’s bed chamber….LOL Pillow talk HAD to be lively.

  11. P. Aaron says:

    Should’ve chose that ‘other’ Shakespear quote: “Brevity is the soul of wit.”

  12. canary says:

    What does the queen say to Obama at 32 seconds of the 58 second video that made Obama finally look around and put his drink down? “stand up..? shut up..?”

    Apears at a minimum of times 18 and 24 seconds, the Queen is looking down to see what the notes Obama is reading says. Looks like Camille is trying to see what the heck he’s reading.

    If Obama didn’t keep sticking high headed nose in the air during breaks of peeking and reading his notes on the table he’d have noticed he was the only one holding his drink.

    The Telegraphs video of Obama & Michelle toasting and joking drinking beer in Ireland

    Note the Ambassador refuses to toast Obama and the look it brings to Obama’s face.
    Note Michelle can out swig Obama.
    (different video show a frontal showed her cheeks ready to explode from holding in her beer)
    Note Obama jokes first time he had their beer was on flight to Afghanistan…….tastes better in Ireland.

    We will probably recollect these few seconds of humor in the states more than Obama.

    • David says:

      Forgive my ignorance but who is the guy Michelle has her left arm on his lower back in the beginning of this video? It seems to be there awkwardly long.

    • canary says:

      oh. so Michelle was sitting next to Prince Philips, back view, then you can see her arm pick up the drink.

      I didn’t want the U.S. couple to further humiliate the queen by posting the pic of the 4 of them, where Michelle towered Obami and disrespectfully blinding white wedding dress, full arm length white gloves, and her “bee hive hair-doo”, since she was told she could not wear a princess tera crown.

      If Sarah Palen wore Michelle’s bee hive and that dress, the media would be trashing her.

      I’m now thinking Obama intentionally disrespected the Queen, because muslims consider females beneath goats.

    • jobeth says:

      David, I’m thinking she is just enjoying standing next to a man for the first time since she married “The great I Won”.

    • canary says:

      Joe Beth, found this longer version while looking for something else. On the other side of Michelle is no other than Prince Charles slouching under the table, more likes he’s ducking, but looking absolutely miserable. On his other side was Hillary Rod Clinton.


      Glenn Beck gave ten points showing Obama has snubbed the British to include Obama telling France they were the U.S.’s greatest ally.

      Made me think of his traitor African grandfather who eagerly ran off to work for the British leading to his great-grandfather to disown him, determining him unclean as having an disease.
      Also, the British are the ones who helped the Jews resettle in Israel.
      Few years ago, when the Hamas were pounding Israel, prior to Israel finally fighting back, the British
      military went aid Israel and secure the borders.
      And Obama slighted some Brits doing their required service in Africa.

  13. Mae says:

    It’s perfectly obvious that once the orchestra started the national anthem they could NOT stop. THAT is against protocol. The unaware putz should have stopped yakking. Mon Dieu, this pathetic excuse for a “statesman” is beyond redemption.

    Just as Churchill worked diligently behind the scenes to gain U.S. involvement before our entry into World War II, let’s hope the Brits are working just as hard now to help us rid the “last best hope” of this total and thoroughly embarrassing traitor.

  14. Natural Born Citizen says:

    The Bumbler-in-Chief disrespected the Brits by speaking during the British National Anthem, just like he disrespected Americans by failing to hold his hand over his heart during our National Anthem. And now he starts quoting Winston Churchill? Britain loaned us the Churchill bust after 9/11 to commemorate our nations solidarity. Instead of relocating “Winston” to another part of the White House when the loan was extended he has the temerity to send it back to England! Maybe he should have asked for the Neville Chamberlain bust? That would be more appropriate to this apologetic appeaser. He obviously hates Churchill who I am sure would feel the same way towards him.

    “A nation trying to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket trying to lift himself up by the handle.” – Winston Churchill

  15. Natural Born Citizen says:

    Another quote from Churchill on his views about Islam.

    “How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
    Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.

    — Sir Winston Spencer Churchill (The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pages 248-50 (London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899).

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