Thursday, March 19, 2009

Lessons In Diplomacy, Part I

I can see what Pundette sees in Mark Steyn. And am I asking too much for the media to eventually start to cover outright failures in diplomacy? This went beyond a gaffe.

The UK's Prime Minister Gordon Brown stopped by for an offical visit. Gifts where exchanged. Obama received a pen holder which took some thought, actually:

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 symbolise 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. .

Barack gave Prime Minister Brown 25 DVDs.

Which brings us to today and Mark Steyn from the Corner on the National Review.

The films only worked in DVD players made in North America and the words "wrong region" came up on his screen...

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But don't forget, folks: Somewhere in Texas a village has been reunited with its idiot, and we now have the whip-smartest administration of David Brooks' lifetime.

This would be pretty funny if it was a movie.

(H/T for the Steyn link to RSM)

1 comment:

  1. Mark Steyn is my favorite genius (next to Pundit, of course). I like to think of myself as a Steynette.


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