American Elephants

Diplomacy, Manners, Protocol and Tradition Still Matter. by The Elephant's Child

The invitation list to the United Kingdom’s biggest royal wedding in thirty years is out. A bartender from Mustique got an invitation, but the Obamas did not.  U.S. Presidents have always been invited until now.

The list is always fascinating, for the royal family historically puts on the grandest and most closely watched nuptials in the world.  The head of PR for Audi is invited, a Texas billionaire, David and Victoria Beckham, a Romanian count, parliamentary assistants from small European states— sort of underlines the absence of America’s first family from the list.

Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that Britain, America’s closest ally, has been subjected to an unprecedented string of insults by the Obama administration.  There have been so many that The Telegraph‘s Nile Gardiner created a list  Obama’s Top Ten Insults Against Britain“.

One of Obama’s first acts as president was to send back a bust of Winston Churchill after the British loaned it to the U.S. as a warm gesture of solidarity after September 11, 2001. The British may have been shocked, but so were Americans. Obama’s treatment of Gordon Brown, Britain’s former prime minister, was ill-mannered and shabby.  State gifts were exchanged, thoughtful and carefully considered on the part of Mr. Brown, embarrassing, cheap, and egotistical on the part of Mr. Obama. But there was lots more:

He downgraded America’s special relationship with Britain in favor of France this year. Last year at West Point he refused to recognize the U.K.’s role in the Afghanistan war; it contributed 10,000 troops. Then he sided with Argentina over Britain in its demand for new talks over its claims on the Falkland Islands.

“There’s nothing special about Britain. You’re just the same as the other 190 countries in the world,” an Obama State Department spokesman declared in 2009.

Now it’s payback time. The Brits seem to have had their fill of the Obamas and are letting it be known.

Perhaps it’s schadenfreude on my part, but the payback is well deserved. The President of the United States is expected to act as the representative of his country, rather than according to his personal prejudices, whatever they happen to be. Bad manners are unacceptable in anyone, let alone someone in an official position.

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I suspect Obama still views the UK as a collonial oppressor and wants to get his digs where he can. The fact that he sent back the Churchill bust (he opposed India’s independence) and shook hands with Chavez is galling. But,in one hundred years I think Obama will be remembered as the first African American president and that’s about it, but Churchill, despite his flaws, will be remembered for saving a nation.
It’s a grave mistake to dis a country that has stood by us through thick and thin, they are hard to come by.


Comment by Grant Hillemeyer

I agree. Or perhaps it’s because Bush had a close relationship with the Brits. I don’t know if Obama keeps blaming Bush for everything because he was so horrified that he had to face problems when he took office, when he hoped to work on changing America to meet his vision; or whether Obama is just a hater. I think I read a while back that British schools were no longer teaching about Churchill — can that possibly be true?


Comment by The Elephant's Child

[…] Two of the people who will not be going to the wedding are Barack and Michelle Obama. Here is a fine description as to the reasons why-Diplomacy, Manners, Protocol and Tradition Still Matter. […]


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[…] Where are the black people?’ asks Sherri Shepherd as The View hosts discuss Royal Wedding FYI, Sherri, I posted this link in the Daily Dive a couple weeks ago that sums up nicely exactly WHY the Obama’s were not invited to the Royal Wedding. I will quote part of it for your education, Sherri… The invitation list to the United Kingdom’s biggest royal wedding in thirty years is out. A bartender from Mustique got an invitation, but the Obamas did not.  U.S. Presidents have always been invited until now. […]


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