Obama’s blockbuster gift for Brown to reaffirm the ‘special relationship’: 25 DVDs
From the Daily Mail UK:
He had put clearly great thought into giving the U.S. President lavish gifts to signify Britain’s ‘special relationship’ with the U.S.
During his historic trip to Washington, Gordon Brown gave Barack Obama an ornamental pen holder made from the timbers of the Victorian anti-slave ship HMS Gannet – once called HMS President.
The unique present delighted Mr Obama because oak from the Gannet’s sister ship, HMS Resolute, was carved to make a desk that already takes place in the Oval Office in the White House, after being presented by Britain to the US in 1880.
The Prime Minister went to the trouble of hunting down the perfect gift after becoming the first European leader invited to the White House by the new Commander In Chief.
So it would be perfectly understandable if Mr Brown felt a little underwhelmed at the official gift he received in return.
For despite being leader of the world’s most bountiful nation, President Obama handed over nothing more thought-provoking than 25 classic American films on DVD.
It was the equivalent of receiving a pair of socks from an unfamiliar aunt at Christmas – and a less-than-glowing affirmation of the UK-US bond.
Really, this is just the icing on the cake. Just a few weeks ago, Obama insulted our British allies by unceremoniously returning Winston Churchill’s bust, which, significantly, had been on loan to the White House since September 11th.
Obama’s media cheerleaders suggest that the President’s decision to return the sculpture was motivated perhaps by unpleasant family memories of the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya, during which Obama’s grandfather Hussein Onyango Obama was allegedly tortured by the colonial government. Since the Mau Mau uprising started in 1952 —
after Obama’s grandfather’s release from prison — one wonders if there is any connection between this chapter in the alternate history that is the Obama family hagiography and President Obama’s romanticised account of his parents’ first meeting during the heady days of the Civil Rights Movement — a mere three years after Mr. Obama’s uncertificated birth.
Whatever Obama’s motivations for this churlish and petulant gesture, its symbolism is apparent. The Churchill brand, as we say in the vernacular de jour, symbolizes his countrymen’s and the democratic free world’s unwavering courage and uncompromising resistance against ruthless totalitarian adversaries during freedom’s darkest hour.
Perhaps Mr. Obama thinks the current existential struggle against Islamist terror has already been won, and therefore we may safely consign the Churchills back to the political wilderness, as Clement Atlee ushers in a new era of socialism and prosperity, oops, scratch prosperity, insert rationing and food shortages. It’s possible. Gratitude does not seem to be among the The One™’s finest traits. Or perhaps The One™ simply does not believe that the cause of Western civilization, as embodied by Sir Winston, is worth defending.
We shall see.
Hat tip to my friend Sam C. who notes that he saw a similar boxed DVD set at Walmart’s for $19.95.