Our President, What A Class Act.

Discussion in 'The Constitutional & RKBA Forum' started by artabr, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. artabr

    artabr New Member


    Obama's blockbuster gift for Brown to reaffirm the 'special relationship': 25 DVDs
    By Ian Drury

    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.

    Despite being a 'special collector's box set', any film buff could have picked up the movies from their local video store for just £250.
    It is not clear what the Prime Minister - not believed to a great fan of cinema - thought about receiving the films.
    Downing Street yesterday THURS refused even to state which movies were in the box set - perhaps a reflection of their embarrassment that the gift was less generous than the ones taken to Washington by the Prime Minister.
    But the Mail understands the gift included Hollywood blockbusters such as Star Wars, The Godfather and Orson Welles' ground-breaking flick Citizen Kane.
    Perhaps pertinently given Britain is floundering in an economic slump, the DVD collection was thought to feature the movie of John Steinbeck's Great Depression novel, 'The Grapes Of Wrath'.
    It also included the Oscar-winning boxing biopic 'Raging Bull' starring Robert Di Nero and Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller Psycho - maybe a comment on the PM's notorious short fuse?
    And he will hope that at a General Election the British public do not shun his imploration for another term in office by thinking at the ballot box of the famous line from another of the movies, Casblanca: 'Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.'
    But following Mr Brown's his recent troubles - the UK entering recession, soaring job losses and home repossessions, Labour struggling in the polls and threats of leadership challenges - he may be pleased at being able to settle down for a quiet night in front of the ultimate feel-good movie: It's A Wonderful Life.
    Number 10 was staying silent about the gift, but the Mail has learned the American Film Institute produced a box set of 25 top U.S. movies as a "special request" for the White House last month.
    Mr Brown also took to Washington a framed commission for HMS Resolute, a vessel that came to mark Anglo-US peace when it was saved from ice packs by Americans and given to Queen Victoria.
    He also gave a first edition set of the seven-volume classic biography of Churchill by Sir Martin Gilbert.
    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.
    In return, the Obamas gave the Browns two models of the presidential helicopter, Marine One, to take home to sons Fraser and John.
    The Prime Minister has not had the best of luck when receiving gifts from U.S. presidents.
    He was given a fur-trimmed brown leather bomber jacket by George W. Bush during first trip to America in summer 2007.
    Emblazoned with the presidential seal and the logo of Camp David, it also boasted a black patch bearing the name 'Rt Hon Gordon Brown'.
    Commentators gleefully pointed out that the garment was hardly in keeping with Mr Brown's usual sober attire of business suit and tie.
    Not surprisingly, it later emerged that the PM had decided not to keep the gift. Instead, he gave it to charity.
    Movies in the box-set produced for the White House by the American Film Institute: 1. Citizen Kane
    2. The Godfather
    3. Casablanca
    4. Raging Bull
    5. Singing In The Rain
    6. Gone With The Wind
    7. Lawrence Of Arabia
    8. Schindler's List
    9. Vertigo
    10. The Wizard Of Oz
    11. City Lights
    12. The Searchers
    13. Star Wars: Episode IV
    14. Psycho
    15. 2001: A Space Odyssey
    16. Sunset Boulevard
    17. The Graduate
    18. The General
    19. On The waterfront
    20. It's A Wonderful Life
    21. China Town
    22. Some Like It Hot
    23. The Grapes Of Wrath
    24. ET: The Extra Terrestrial
    25. To Kill A Mocking Bird

    Last edited: Mar 5, 2009
  2. I just want to know why he is doing this to our friends.

    This man is on such a mission against anybody good and decent and he's a total embarrasment to our country!


  3. artabr

    artabr New Member

    Maybe this is some kind of weird retribution for bestowing the title of Sir upon "Dine 'em & dunk 'em" Teddy Kennedy, but I doubt it. It's just the tasteless act of a classless Presidency. :mad:

  4. so true....he thinks he's cool but he has no class whatsoever.... and he's lowering any kind of respect others have for America. :(
  5. graehaven

    graehaven Well-Known Member

    May 26, 2007
    Rochester, NY
    It's fitting that the set contains the Wizard of Oz (Frank Baum's book actually is a diatribe against the corrupt financial system that rapes the common American) and also Grapes of Wrath - seeing how we're headed for the Greatest Depression......ever. :mad:

    While Brown might be the thoughtful gift giver, he's a dolt when it comes to solving the financial crisis - coming here to discuss a new NEW DEAL. What patheticism.
  6. graehaven

    graehaven Well-Known Member

    May 26, 2007
    Rochester, NY
    Sorry. forgot to add...

    Oh, and in case it's not clear, Obama is an even bigger idiot. Or, a maniacal genius - as he strips away our rights, and puts us all under the heel of the elite. :mad:
  7. kingnothingugm

    kingnothingugm Member

    Feb 7, 2009
    I bet he sends Putin a box of Crayons and a Bob the Builder coloring book! Can we destroy it? YES WE CAN!!
  8. SaddleSarge

    SaddleSarge New Member

    Aug 24, 2008
    I'm surprised it wasn't "rap" music and a ball cap to wear backwards like he does.
  9. 4EvrLearning

    4EvrLearning New Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    Left Coast
    I am absolutely speechless.....and as you've seen in the last few days since I've become a member....that's saying something!!

    Outrageous....beyond embarrassing....
  10. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    I thought that line was from "Gone With The Wind." ????

    (Wiki agrees with me.)

  11. ponycar17

    ponycar17 Active Member

    Feb 17, 2005
    South Carolina
    I wonder what dinner was like for Mr. Brown? Perhaps a leftover KFC wing bucket or Mac 'N Cheese?... :rolleyes:

    But in all seriousness, I totally oppose the reason Gordon Brown was here so if he was offended, so be it...
  12. RunningOnMT

    RunningOnMT New Member

    Nov 19, 2008
    Akron, Ohio
    What an embarrassment.
  13. artabr

    artabr New Member

    OH - OH !!!

    I can see it now.

    Barack: Michelle, quick, get that phone number, I bet she'll love the ShamWow. :rolleyes:
    Michell: B O, we still have a bunch of those commemorative plate sets left, lets give her one of those. :rolleyes:

    Maybe the Queen could give him a Monopoly game. God knows Obama & Geithner could use the pratice.


    THE Queen is to give Barack Obama a private “getting-to-know-you” audience next month.

    Her Majesty will meet the new US President in advance of an economic summit in London.

    The private meeting is highly unusual because Mr Obama will not be on a State visit.

    But advisers believe it is important the Queen — who opened an interchange in Hull yesterday — meets him before any official trip.

    A source said: “There is a wish to do these things as discreetly as possible in the first instance.”

    President Obama, famed for his Yes We Can slogan, will fly with wife Michelle on Air Force One to Stansted, Essex.

    The private talks will be held the next day at Buckingham Palace.

    Mr Obama will then join the G20 leaders for a Downing Street dinner on the eve of the summit on April 2.

    Last night it emerged he gave Gordon Brown 25 top US movies as a gift after talks in the US.

    Mr Brown’s wife Sarah gave Mr Obama’s two daughters Topshop outfits. And the First Lady gave Mr Brown’s two boys toy helicopters.

    Last edited: Mar 5, 2009
  14. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico
    Dito that.

    Movies? What an utter show of disrespect, especially after returning Chuchhills bust. We are really scoring big points with the Brits huh? :confused:
  15. thomas44

    thomas44 New Member

    Mar 16, 2008
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