The President is not gaffe-proof, I repeat, the President is not gaffe-proof!
On his recent trip to the Ireland and the United Kingdom, first the President’s car broke down – which is okay, because hey, you know, everyone’s had car troubles.
Then he kind of time travels, I mean there can be no other explanation for forgetting what year this is!?
And then, President Obama, paired with British Prime Minister Cameroon, ended up losing a ping pong match to a couple of 16 year olds!
It truly was an almost nightmarish trip for President Obama. And, he sealed it with this ill-timed, unfortunate gaffe in the form a toast, to the Queen. Can someone say AWKWARD!
No, we’re not joking. This really truly did take place. Obama made the ultimate insult to the Queen by presenting a toast to her over (yes, you read that correctly) the British National Anthem! To say that the orchestra at the Buckingham Palace and the President of the United States were out of synch would not be wrong.
The President stood up to toast the Queen, said a few words and paused – where in the orchestra started playing, ‘God Save The Queen’. But the President didn’t stop and continued on – while the Queen of England kept looking ahead a bit awkwardly, (we think he was asked, very quietly, to put his glass down). When the music ended, everyone picked up their glasses and drank.
How, one wonders, can such a breach of protocol take place, and that too at the hands of the President of the United States?! Did none of the government officials inform the President of the rules and protocols one has to observe when in the presence of a Monarch? Did no one tell him, when one toasts the Queen all they say is, ‘To The Queen’?
Check out the video to see President Obama’s Epic Fail!