Saturday, March 07, 2009

Open Letter to Great Britain

Dear Citizens of Great Britain,

I am asking you to forgive us, the citizens of the U.S.A. for the recent actions of our current president, which could be construed as insulting.

I know your Prime Minister gave President Obama an amazingly thought out gift of an ornamental pen holder made from the timbers of the Victorian anti-slave ship HMS Gannet. I know the unique present delighted Mr Obama because oak from the Gannet's sister ship, HMS Resolute, was carved to make a desk that has sat in the Oval Office in the White House since 1880.

I know PM Brown also handed over a framed commission for HMS Resolute and a first edition of the seven-volume biography of Churchill by Sir Martin Gilbert. I know this may have seemed silly, as our President Obama had already returned a bust of Winston Churchill given to the U.S. under President G.W. Bush. While I'm at it, please forgive us for that little insult as well.

I know, Mr Brown and his wife also showered gifts on the Obama children giving Sasha and Malia an outfit each from Topshop and six children's books by British authors which are shortly to be published in America.

Please forgive the U.S. citizens for our president's insulting gift of 25 classic American movies, which may be purchased at or elsewhere on the internet. I know our president probably didn't realize that the digital format in G.B. is different than in the U.S. and that the insulting gift may not even be able to be viewed unless using the correct DVD players. Maybe your P.M. ought to visit Japan and hint he needs an "American" DVD player....?

Please understand our president did not come into office with much experience. Apparently, diplomatic etiquette is not covered in Saul Alinski's "Rules for Radicals", Obama's bible.

Again, "we the people of the U.S.A." sincerely ask for your forgiveness.

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