Sunday, March 8, 2009

Amateur Hour

My apologies to the rest of the planet for having elected a total amateur to office...but I didn't vote for him. I was on to him early.
We're only 6 weeks into it, and it's already become a total embarrassment.

According to newspaper articles, he just insulted the British Prime Minister by totally playing down his recent visit because Obama is 'tired' and 'overwhelmed'; he didn't realize the job would be this hard; he underestimated the volume of work that would be crossing his desk; he needs a cigarette; he's not getting enough sleep at night, and on and on and on. He says he just didn't realize what a big deal it wast to host Gordon Brown, wasn't aware of the protocol, doesn't see the US &UK as having a special relationship and can't figure out why the PM's office is making such a big deal about this.

And it gets even worse -- Mr Brown brought some specially selected gifts, including a pen holder made from the wood of a warship that helped stamp out the slave trade - a sister ship of the vessel from which timbers were taken to build Mr Obama's Oval Office desk. Obama's gift in return? A collection of Hollywood film DVDs that could have been bought from any department store.

I simply cringe for all of us.

And this is the guy who's going to 'make amends' and 'regain US stature' in the world. Right.


My apologies now and in advance for whatever else he does because he's inexperienced, overwhelmed and not qualified for the job. It's going to be the longest 4 years on record, and I, for one, am embarrassed.


SandDancer said...

Perhaps it is just that he recognises Gordon as a man on his way out, but it is still bad manners. I'm very impressed by the gift our lot bought though - that is so thoughtful. I can't imagine Gordon watches Hollywood films at all either.

I didn't hear this reported over here, but then our news just alternates between tales of economic woe (reported on rather gleefully by the broadcasters in their state funded jobs) and a dying reality tv star.

M said...

Actually, I first saw it in a UK newspaper online. Seems like it was slow to get covered here because the press is so OTP pro-Obama, but I've seen more on it lately. What an embarrassment.