I find it endlessly amusing that the usual suspects keep getting the vapors about what gifts President Obama gives people, but if the autographed Rodgers and Hammerstein songbook and IPod aren’t good enough for the Queen, that is just tough for her.
I will point out that all our Emily Posts of the right seem to think this is a major gaffe, but it could have been worse:
I guess it could have been worse, wingnuts. He could have given her a backrub.
*** Update ***
Via the comments, this is how it is done, Obama:
When you’ve just made it sound like the Queen is more than 200 years old, there may be a few ways of recovering from the gaffe. But turning to her and giving her a sly wink is probably not included in any book of royal etiquette.
That’s what happened yesterday after George Bush mangled his greeting to the Queen on her state visit to the US, reports The Daily Mail.
Stumbling over his words, he came perilously close to suggesting that the monarch had toured the States in 1776.
And although the President’s following wink was initially rewarded with a regal glare, the Queen did at least seem to see the funny side of the blunder.