The Obama’s met The Queen yesterday.
The Obama’s meet The Queen (source)
Don’t you just love the Duke of Edinburgh? He’s my absolute favourite! check his vibe there. He’s not quite sure. He’s like, “what the fuck is going on here?” But is going through the motions and has made a mental note to discuss with Liz later.
Prone to the odd gaff, Prince Philip wasted no time giving us a new one. Enjoy this (source):
In the small talk when they first met, the Queen and the Prince were sympathising with the President and his wife about their gruelling schedule since arriving late on Tuesday evening.
“The time lag,” said the Queen, ever the diplomat.
“You’re just trying to stay awake!” said Philip, ever the foot-in-mouth blunderer.
Then the President told the Royals: “I had breakfast with the Prime Minister, I had meetings with the Chinese, the Russians, David Cameron…
“And I’m proud to say I did not nod off in one of the meetings.”
A guffawing Prince Philip then blurted out: “Can you tell the difference between them?”
Whaaah! CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEM?!?!!!
What a lag!
Naturally, this prompted me to give you a little recap on his past classics.
These, from The Daily Beast:
Philip is notorious for his foot-in-mouth comments, many of which have been called racist. Indeed, Philip is so un-PC that a book of his gaffes, Duke of Hazard: The Wit and Wisdom of Prince Philip by Phil Dampier and Ashley Walton, was published in 2006. Among the dukeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most racist slip-ups:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ During a state visit to China in 1986, the duke told a group of British students: Ã¢â‚¬Å“If you stay here much longer, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll all be slitty-eyed.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Another jab to the Chinese came at a World Wildlife Fund dinner: Ã¢â‚¬Å“If it swims and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not a submarine, the Chinese will eat it.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ To an Australian Aborigine he met in 2002, Philip asked: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Still throwing spears?Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ When a Kenyan woman gave Philip a gift, he was perplexed at her appearance. Ã¢â‚¬Å“YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re a woman, arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t you?Ã¢â‚¬Â he asked.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ When he met Lord Taylor of Warwick, who is black and comes from Birmingham, Ã¢â‚¬Å“And what exotic part of the world do you come from?Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ When he saw an old-fashioned fuse box in a factory near Edinburgh, the duke said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“It looks as if it was put in by an Indian.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ When he met a group of deaf people in Cardiff in1999, Philip referred to the schoolÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s steel band: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Deaf? If you are near there, no wonder you are deaf.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Ã¢â‚¬Å“ArenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t most of you descended from pirates?Ã¢â‚¬Â Philip asked someone from the Cayman Islands in 1994.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ When he met the president of Nigeria, who was dressed in a traditional robe, Philip said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“You look like youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re ready for bed!Ã¢â‚¬Â
Awesome, just awesome!
Now, let’s chat about the gifts that were exchanged:
Barack Obama gave her a gift of an iPod loaded with video footage and photographs of her 2007 United States visit to Richmond, Jamestown and Williamsburg in Virginia. In return, the Queen gave the President a silver framed signed photograph of herself and the Duke of Edinburgh – apparently a standard present for visiting dignitaries.
I dig that. Barack gives a well researched and put together piece of digital brilliance and Liz gives him the usual autographed photograph. Beautiful. Too cool!
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