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Friday, March 06, 2009

Should Have Gone With the Wal-Mart Gift Card

This has been covered to death by the conservative blogs, but it was just too good for me to pass up. Paul Waugh in the Evening Standard across the Atlantic:
So Gordon goes to all that trouble of getting an historic pen holder carved from the oak timbers of a Victorian anti-slavery ship. Carefully chosen and months in the preparation, the pen was finally handed over in Washington when the men met this week.

And what does Obama give him in return? A DVD collection of 25 classic American films.

We don't know yet what the films are, but that surely aint the point.

It looks for all the world as though Obama has scoured the local bargain basement shop in a last-minute supermarket sweep. When it's taken with the helicoper model of Marine One given to the Brown boys, it looks a little shoddy.
Funny enough by itself for sure. but taken with this tidbit the whole debacle turns hilarious. Over at Powerline:
MORE: Reader Ken Gage observes: "Going back to the topic of is he just that stupid or is he doing it on purpose, consider the fact that Gordon Brown is blind in one eye and has some visual deterioration in the other (how much is unclear). A calculated insult could not have been more on-target."
I had no idea if this was in fact true, but a quick check of Wikipedia backs up the Powerline commenter. "Calculated insult" seems to be a bit harsh. "Unintentional, but really fucking funny" would probably be a more appropriate description.

Combine this along with Biden's award wheelchair moment and you have an Administration that is proving to be very sympathetic to disabled people.

Last thought: Do presidents ever give governors gifts? I hope so, 'cause I can't wait to see what David Patterson gets.

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