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O, the Shame

Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 09:04 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Can President Obama do anything these days without screwing it up?

The latest gaffe was in jumping the gun on a toast to Queen Elizabeth:

Protocol, apparently, requires the toastmaster to wait until after “God Save the Queen” plays and then begin the toast. But the almighty O waits for no sovereign, so he launched straight into his shpiel. To which I say, good for him. What else was the American revolution about, if not the right of the president to half-ass some formulaic niceties about the British monarch? He should have punctuated it with a weary “whatever” and downed the glass in one gulp.

I must say, I’m loving the sarcasm there. But seriously, I’m no monarchist, but that was just rude. No president can be expected to know every detail of protocol for every nation whose leaders he might encounter, which is why the White House has protocol specialists to tell him. The trouble is, I don’t think Obama takes kindly to people who know things he doesn’t. We’re talking about a man who thinks he can do any job better than anybody else. Remember when he was looking for a replacement for his chief of staff and declared that he’d be good at the job?

The president’s friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett sometimes pointed out that not only had he never managed an operation, he’d never really had a nine-to-five job in his life. Obama didn’t know what he didn’t know, yet his self-confidence was so stratospheric that once, in the context of thinking about [White House Chief of Staff Rahm] Emanuel’s replacement, he remarked in all seriousness, “You know, I’d make a good chief of staff.”

“Obama didn’t know what he didn’t know.” That pretty well sums up our Embarrassment-in-Chief.

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