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IS Michelle Obama the 'Lady Macbeth' behind Barack Obama's snub of Gordon Brown?

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Is our new first family up to the job! Gordon Brown present's President Obama with three really outstanding thoughtful, historic state presents to the American People from the United Kingdom.

 

And Obama returns the gesture with 25 CD's of contemporary American Music???????

 

How distressing! How poorly done! How embarassing!

 

And then there is this article in the Telegraph today -

Was 'Lady Macbeth' behind Barack Obama's snub of Gordon Brown?

 

Posted By: James Delingpole at Mar 5, 2009 at 12:58:55

UK Telegraph

 

 

On US radio's Garrison show today, I was asked for my reaction as a true born Englishman to President Obama's double insult - first the sending back of the Winston Churchill bust, then his snub to Gordon Brown.

 

"Tough one. Really tough one," I said, torn - as most of surely are - between delight at seeing Brown roundly humiliated, and dismay at having the special relationship so peremptorily, cruelly and bafflingly ruptured.

 

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Michelle Obama's dress sense may be impeccable, but what of her politics? (Photo: Getty)

 

Iain Martin is quite right here: no matter how utterly rubbish we have become as a nation in the Blair/Brown years, Britain's friendship is something Obama will come to regret having dispensed with so lightly. This was not the act of a global statesman, but of a hormonal teenager dismissing her bestest of best BFs for no other reason than that she felt like it and she can, so there.

 

What was the guy thinking? In researching my new book Welcome to Obamaland, I discovered that Obama's judgment is pretty dreadful - but this? My favourite theory so far - suggested by presenter Greg Garrison - was that it was a move calculated to please his Lady Macbeth.

 

At the moment in Britain, we're still in the "Doesn't she look fabulous in a designer frock" stage of understanding of Michelle Obama. Gradually, though, we'll begin to realise that she is every bit the terrifying executive's wife that Hillary Clinton was. Or, shudder, Cherie Blair.

 

We may just LURVE Michelle's fashion sense. But Michelle doesn't reciprocate our affection, one bit. Her broad-brush view of history associates Brits with the wicked white global hegemony responsible for the slave trade. Never mind that a white, Tory Englishman - William Wilberforce - brought the slave trade to an end. Judging by her record, Michelle does not make room for such subtle nuance.

 

Consider her notorious statement that: "For the first time in my adult life I am really proud of my country." Consider her (till-recently suppressed) Princeton thesis,

 

"Princeton Educated Blacks And The Black Community."

 

In it she writes: "I have found that at Princeton, no matter how liberal and open-minded some of my white professors and classmates try to be toward me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don't belong. Regardless of the circumstances underwhich I interact with whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, I will always be black first and a student second."

Here we see that she has mastered the authentic voice of grievance culture.

 

She also - the thesis was written in 1985 - pre-empts the Macpherson report's ludicrous, catch-all definition of racism : "A racist incident is any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person."

 

No matter how hard young Michelle's white undergraduate contemporaries try to be nice, it's not their behaviour that counts, but how Michelle feels.

 

More worrying, though, and dangerous, than young Michelle's desperate quest for validation through victimhood is the other strain within her thesis. "As I enter my final year at Princeton," she writes. "I find myself striving for many of the same goals as my White classmates - acceptance to a prestigious graduate or professional school or a high paying position in a successful corporation. Thus, my goals at Princeton are not as clear as before."

 

"Yes, exactly, you silly girl" you want to shriek at young Michelle as you give her a good shake. "It's called 'opening your mind', 'broadening your experience', 'allowing youthful dogma to be shaped by reality.' It's why people go to university, don't you know?"

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This is the kind of stuff I like to see.

 

With the times being so bad lately the silly fluff stuff is sparse. In good times its all you hear.

 

Lets hope the fluff is on the comeback! beers.gif

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Seriously, RJ... you're really going 'round the bend of late. The young turks, mere whippersnappers by your standards, are showing themselves to have much more bile in their pointless C&Ps.

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Chuck and Cant -

 

You both got it! I'm proud of you! wink.gif

 

It was fluffy.

 

"Yes, exactly, you silly girl" you want to shriek at young Michelle as you give her a good shake. "It's called 'opening your mind', 'broadening your experience', 'allowing youthful dogma to be shaped by reality.' It's why people go to university, don't you know?"

 

Wanna bet a plug on the orientation of the author of those closing lines?

 

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Remember, it's early in the first tour for the first family.

 

The CIC may not like critics of his policy, but the world press is beyond his control. It's not like he can issue a Fatwah' and have them killed by raging mobs in Londonstan. kiss.gif

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I don't know who was responsible for the "gifts" presented to Gordon Brown, but the bottom line is that it was insulting. At least I think so. So Obama presents him with 25 DVDs. BFD.

 

It wasn't bad enough that Brown wasn't afforded the Rose Garden treatment which is an insult in itself, but to give him such a cheap and thoughtless gift is beyond rude.

 

On the other hand, let's look at Gordon Brown's gifts:

 

Mr Brown's gifts included an ornamental desk pen holder made from the oak timbers of Victorian anti-slaver HMS Gannet, once named HMS President.

 

Mr Obama was so delighted he has already put it in pride of place in the Oval Office on the Resolute desk which was carved from timbers of Gannet's sister ship, HMS Resolute.

 

Another treasure given to the U.S. President was the framed commission for HMS Resolute, a vessel that came to symbolize Anglo-US peace when it was saved from ice packs by Americans and given to Queen Victoria.

 

Finally, Mr Brown gave a first edition set of the seven-volume classic biography of Churchill by Sir Martin Gilbert.

 

In addition, Brown even brought gifts for Obama's daughters. Very thoughtful. And Obama gives him DVDs. cwm13.gif

 

It's also customary to have lunch with the guest and the guest's wife. Obama met alone with Brown and Mrs. Brown was escorted to Mrs. Obama where they chatted.

 

If you ask me, even though the occupants dine on $100 a pound steaks, it's my opinion that we have trailer-trash living in the White House.

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View PostI don't know who was responsible for the "gifts" presented to Gordon Brown, but the bottom line is that it was insulting. At least I think so. So Obama presents him with 25 DVDs. BFD.

 

It wasn't bad enough that Brown wasn't afforded the Rose Garden treatment which is an insult in itself, but to give him such a cheap and thoughtless gift is beyond rude.

 

On the other hand, let's look at Gordon Brown's gifts:

 

Mr Brown's gifts included an ornamental desk pen holder made from the oak timbers of Victorian anti-slaver HMS Gannet, once named HMS President.

 

Mr Obama was so delighted he has already put it in pride of place in the Oval Office on the Resolute desk which was carved from timbers of Gannet's sister ship, HMS Resolute.

 

Another treasure given to the U.S. President was the framed commission for HMS Resolute, a vessel that came to symbolize Anglo-US peace when it was saved from ice packs by Americans and given to Queen Victoria.

 

Finally, Mr Brown gave a first edition set of the seven-volume classic biography of Churchill by Sir Martin Gilbert.

 

In addition, Brown even brought gifts for Obama's daughters. Very thoughtful. And Obama gives him DVDs. cwm13.gif

 

It's also customary to have lunch with the guest and the guest's wife. Obama met alone with Brown and Mrs. Brown was escorted to Mrs. Obama where they chatted.

 

If you ask me, even though the occupants dine on $100 a pound steaks, it's my opinion that we have trailer-trash living in the White House.

 

I can only suspect that you know even less about White House protocol than whoever the idiot is you are getting your info from.

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I can only suspect that you know even less about White House protocol than whoever the idiot is you are getting your info from.

 

 

 

Okay, show me where I'm mistaken. Simply saying someone is wrong means didly-****. And you know that. That's why you don't back up what you claim with evidence. By the way, to repeat - they're both trailer-trash. The way they mistreated Brown and wife tells me so.

 

And why do you think he returned Churchill's bust - even though Brown said he could keep it? The real reason, that is.

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View PostOkay, show me where I'm mistaken. Simply saying someone is wrong means didly-****. And you know that. That's why you don't back up what you claim with evidence. By the way, to repeat - they're both trailer-trash. The way they mistreated Brown and wife tells me so.

 

And why do you think he returned Churchill's bust - even though Brown said he could keep it? The real reason, that is.

 

First, you don't subject a foreign dignitary to a Rose Garden ceremony when the wind chill is 5 degrees out. That would be disrespectful.

 

Second, they are both representatives of their respective countries, not some tribal chieftans that need to have tributes paid to them. Brown, as the PM of Great Britain, has already established a formal relationship with the White House. Obama, on the other hand, is the newly elected President of GB's closest ally, and as such, decorum dictates that the visiting head of state bring something nice. It is always thus; when heads of state meet, the visiting one brings a nice gift - in this case a few very thoughtful ones.

 

As to the lunch, this is not unusual in any way. Many times do heads of state meet over a "working lunch" while their wives do their own thing. You may recall Reagan and Gorbachev doing this frequently (or, no surprise, you may not).

 

Just 'cause some London tabloid wanker has his breetches in a knot doesn't make any of this in any way untoward. Hell, maybe PM Smith actually likes the music Obama gave him... ever think of that? The gifts from Brown were historic, as they should be. The gifts from Obama were personal, as they should be.

 

As for Winnie's bust, I have no idea why it was given back. Trying to read tea leaves about it makes you look awfully silly, though. My best guess is that Obama wanted Lincoln's bust in that place and thought that returning a borrowed item would be a nice gesture... kinda like when your neighbor actually eventually returns the tools he borrowed.

 

Further, for someone to fiegn indignation regarding decorum while calling the sitting President of the United States and First Lady "trailer trash" really only indicates that you are the more likely resident of that particular neighborhood, doesn't it? More delicious irony offered up by our good friend Arno. cwm27.gif

 

Fair 'nuff?

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Fair 'nuff?

 

 

 

No, of course not. I do give you credit for developing into a master of spin, though. As far as being informational, your post amounts to a hill of beans. Go back and re-read your own post in the morning light and see if you can count the inaccuracies. cwm27.gifcwm27.gifcwm27.gif

 

Oh, by the way... one of your many bs comments was:

"Hell, maybe PM Smith actually likes the music Obama gave him... ever think of that?"

 

Uhh... excuse me but they were movies. Not music. biggrin.gif

 

and, "The gifts from Obama were personal, as they should be."

 

Right. DVDs that you can easily purchase at K-Mart. Real personal, all right. kooky.gif

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View PostNo, of course not. I do give you credit for developing into a master of spin, though. As far as being informational, your post amounts to a hill of beans. Go back and re-read your own post in the morning light and see if you can count the inaccuracies. cwm27.gifcwm27.gifcwm27.gif

 

Oh, by the way... one of your many bs comments was:

"Hell, maybe PM Smith actually likes the music Obama gave him... ever think of that?"

 

Uhh... excuse me but they were movies. Not music. biggrin.gif

 

and, "The gifts from Obama were personal, as they should be."

 

Right. DVDs that you can easily purchase at K-Mart. Real personal, all right. kooky.gif

 

CDs/DVDs... whatever. Your "look at the shiny disks!" ploy only partially worked! biggrin.gif

 

Yes, if the movies are of some sentimental value to Brown, then it is a personal gift. If Brown is a fan of a certain genre or whatever, and the White House took the time to research that and make a purchase based on that, then yes, it is personal and thoughtful.

 

Now, what else do you find wrong with my explaination? I tried to make it simple, but evidently not simple enough.

 

Or... are YOU going to fail to back up your stuff with evidence, as per usual?

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CDs/DVDs... whatever.

 

 

 

"Whatever?" You get the simplest of facts wrong and all you can say is "whatever". cwm27.gifcwm27.gifcwm27.gif

 

Then you say, "Now, what else do you find wrong with my explaination [sic]?"

Nearly all of it. You figure it out.

 

And then, "I tried to make it simple, but evidently not simple enough."

What happened to the guy who says he doesn't insult anyone? cwm27.gif

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View Post"Whatever?" You get the simplest of facts wrong and all you can say is "whatever". cwm27.gifcwm27.gifcwm27.gif

 

Then you say, "Now, what else do you find wrong with my explaination [sic]?"

Nearly all of it. You figure it out.

 

And then, "I tried to make it simple, but evidently not simple enough."

What happened to the guy who says he doesn't insult anyone? cwm27.gif

 

Zero response. None. Nada. And you accuse ME of failing to provide any evidence!?!?

 

You're a freakin' joke sometimes.

 

And, no... I was genuinely distressed that you didn't understand my fairly straightforward eplaination of why you were wrong on so many levels. Care to do the same? I doubt it.

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