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Bush Insults the Queen of England

While George W Bush's informal manner and down home approach are effective with his ever-shrinking base, it's embarrassing that he can't seem to control it when entertaining important guests like the Queen of England. What kind of person seems unable to understand that the Queen shouldn't be treated like your drinking buddy?

Thankfully, there's only 622 days, 11 hours, 50 minutes, and 30 seconds left to suffer the utter mortification of having George W Bush as our President (or less depending on the time you read this post).


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Comments (13)

His folksy charm wows the rubes, but doesn't this idiot have the decorum and discipline to act appropriately around visiting heads of state?

And what does it say about his base when they think it's cute?

cirby:

Isn't it funny how people who are so dedicated to individuality and "Democratic" ideals so often turn out to be Royalists, and love to suck up to anyone who has even a vague link to royalty?

It's also pretty funny that the entire American Left seems to be taking this with much, much less humor than the Queen herself did - and regularly treat Bush with immensely more disrespect than that they seem to be so offended about this time.

Heralder:

Admittedly that not what I would have done, but I also have a hard time labelling it as an insult. It's not like there was malice or disrepect in the gesture.

I'll be sure to be properly offended next time I go to Europe and they try to kiss me on the cheeks.

The Queen took it with humor?

"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."

"The Blunder" referring to Bush's use of 1776 instead of 1996 - the "wink" was met by a glare.

Something tells me Bush has some French blood in him.

Matt:

In 200 years (humor) I'm sure the Queen has been intentionally insulted in far worse manner.

Other than not blundering in the first place, how should President Bush have recovered?

Being President of the United States means you don't have to Grovel to visiting royalty. Especially when we beat their country twice, and saved it at least once.

Heralder:

Lee,

You asked the question and answered it with your quote:

"the Queen did at least seem to see the funny side of the blunder.."

I don't think anyone, inlcuding the Queen is particularly surprised Bush tripped over his words. Not like it hasn't happened before.

Peter F.:

Oh brother. You guys have GOT to be kidding.

Heralader - Yeah, it's funny - getting his dates wrong like that. He's not the brightest bulb on the tree, that's true.

The Queen took the comment in good humor, apparently. The wink was met with a glare from the Queen, and is just an example of Bush's folksy inappropriateness.

He just doesn't "get it", and doesn't seem to even try at times (like this). His molestation of German Chancellor Merkel's shoulders - another example. What a doofus.

Heralder:
The Queen took the comment in good humor, apparently. The wink was met with a glare from the Queen, and is just an example of Bush's folksy inappropriateness.

Or it's an example of deliberately misleading people through photography. In the Daily Mail link, I'm having a tough time explaining why the Queen's so called 'frosty' glare is delivered while she's standing on Bush's right, yet he gave the speech and winked at her while she was on his left.

In other words that was not her reaction to it.

If you watch the video you'll see how she reacted as it happened...let me know if you see a cold stare. I don't.

Peter F.:

The Daily Mail? I repeat, The Daily Mail? Why don't you just site The National Enquirer, Star or Us as your source for news.

Zero credibility.

Heralder:

Apparently the Queen really does have a sense of humor...she made a joke about 1776 thing during the dinner toast. Good for her.

Apparently Heralder and Peter have learned to not believe President Bush -- good for you guys! -- you had me worried there for a while.

"A chagrined Bush deadpanned that the queen just "gave me a look that only a mother could give a child."

That matches the reports that the Queen responded with a glare or similar reproach, now doesn't it?

Unless Bush was lying about her Majesty's response to his gaffe (?)

Join the reality team guys -- you've been believing in Republican fairy tales for waaay too long.

Isn't it funny how people who are so dedicated to individuality and "Democratic" ideals so often turn out to be Royalists, and love to suck up to anyone who has even a vague link to royalty?

I never saw Royalist sympathies in the comments. I saw a comment on the lack of gravitas displayed by the current president. Winking at a foreign dignitary (related to dignified, the opposite of Bush's behaviour) just isn't proper. I don't in any way admire the Pope, for instance, but I'd feel it was incorrect for Bush to wink at him.

The BBC news (more credibility than the Daily Mail) had fun with this, with some fairly withering and humorous commentary on the matter.

There's a difference between "sucking up to royalty" and feeling embarrassed by a politician's buffoonery.


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