obama and the queen

obama and the queen

with The One planning a 2nd european apology tour to coincide with the 65th anniversary of D-Day, i’ll be blogging about several aspects of his overseas trip in the next week or so – mostly because i am a huge history lover and he, apparently, is not.

so let me start by saying whenever the leader of the free world (and this one in particular) goes anywhere — you know every detail of how things ‘look‘ is taken into account — especially on overseas trips. i mean look at the first obama apology tour: tremendous stage craft involved. now as obama is planning to go and represent us all at Normandy — with gordon brown and nikolas sarkozy — why wasn’t queen elizabeth included in such an important international event?


princess elizabeth, 1945

leaving her out of d-day activities honoring people who served in a war she was deeply connected to is, in short, completely unacceptable.

“Queen Elizabeth is not amused.

Indeed, she is decidedly displeased, angry even, that she was not invited to join President Obama and France’s president, Nicolas Sarkozy, next week at commemorations of the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, according to reports published in Britain’s mass-circulation tabloid newspapers on Wednesday. Pointedly, Buckingham Palace did not deny the reports.

The queen, who is 83, is the only living head of state who served in uniform during World War II. As Elizabeth Windsor, service number 230873, she volunteered as a subaltern in the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service, training as a driver and a mechanic. Eventually, she drove military trucks in support roles in England.”

that last paragraph really understates elizabeth’s role, i believe. she was a princess who drove a military truck. while there were surely others who saw more impressive acts of heroism, the fact remains that princess elizabeth was not hiding away in a castle in the country while all of london was being bombed by the nazis. she and her family served as examples of british courage for her countrymen during a pretty awful time. did you know that by the end of the war, princess elizabeth was a junior commander in the ‘women’s auxiliary territorial service’?

even at the end of the war on VE day, elizabeth and her sister mingled anonymously with the happy crowds in the streets of london. she later said in a rare interview:

“We asked my parents if we could go out and see for ourselves. I remember we were terrified of being recognised. I remember lines of unknown people linking arms and walking down Whitehall, all of us just swept along on a tide of happiness and relief. It was so wonderful.”

it seems to me that if you’re going to have someone at your d-day party, where you celebrate the turning point of the european arm of the conflict, which was accomplished not just by americans but by british soldiers as well, it makes a lot of sense to have someone present who was around at the time and kind of knew what was going on.

she’s a veteran for gosh sakes.

and predictably, after a thunderous outcry of disbelief from every corner, queen elizabeth has now been ‘issued’ and invitation to be with brown, sarkozy and of course The One on d-day. in fact, it is obama himself who is taking the credit now for making sure the queen was invited. sadly however, it is just prince charles who will attend in her place.

what an incredible shame.

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  • BikerDan says:

    Of course Obama knew the Queen wasn’t on the invite list. His people knew, everyone knew. Obama wants the 65th anniversary of D-Day to be about him not those who sacrificed and died for Europe. The only reason they did a course correction is because of the public outcry of veterans. At all cost don’t make Obama look bad, always make him the hero.

  • lisab says:

    i would hope that a wise black messiah with the richness of his experiences would more often than not be a better representative at d-day, than an elderly women’s auxiliary territorial service-woman who lived the experience

  • Chris says:

    Every single day, this Administration and its lackeys find another way for me to detest them more. The last couple of nights it’s been this abortion doctor and GM bullsh*t. Today and all of next week, it’s the spitting on the graves of the men who stormed the beaches of Normandy.

    I hate Barack Hussein Obama. I f*cking hate him.

  • lisab says:

    would those be unborn lackeys?

  • Chris says:

    Lisa I don’t know what you mean unaborted lackeys and have to disagree with you on BHO’s experience. Sorry!

    We have fewer and fewer of these WW II vets still alive. As a combat vet myself, I can’t stand the thought of that asshole on such hallowed ground.

  • Chris says:


  • Joe says:

    Well Chris prepare yourself then buddy. Because 0bama will use Normandy and The American Cemetary there for a massive photo op. Just like he did AF1’s flyover of the Statue of Liberty and the Constitution for his National Security speech. The guy is a self serving, self important jerk who never met a photo op he didn’t like.

  • Jane says:

    Hello???? Why would he NOT go to Normandy or NOT have his photo taken? He is the President of the US and as the post states clearly, the LEADER of the free world. He is representing all of us when he goes. You too. He EARNED the right to be there by winning the election fair and square. Get over it already.

  • lisab says:

    i think you are forgetting about the richness of obama’s experience as an unaborted black man.

    as a combat vet i doubt you have the perspective to see d-day in its proper perspective as a conflict between two oppressive regimes intent on denying minority women the right to choose.

  • Marsha says:

    that’s all fine and good Jane. Just tell BHO to NOT apologize while he’s there for defeating the Nazi’s, OK?

    Those 3 arrogant men (Brown, Sarkozy and Obama) probably wanted all the glory instead of sharing the stage with Elizabeth who technically is not a head of state.

  • lisab says:

    actually elizabeth technically IS the head of state.

    when british troops are on parade they salute and face their flag UNLESS she is there

    in which case they salute and face the queen.

    the british flag represents the queen, not the country

  • lisab says:

    she is also head of state of 15 other countries

  • lisab says:

    however, she has not the wisdom or richness of experience of an unaborted messiah

  • Rope says:

    Maybe he can make it up to her by flying over, picking her up in a jet, and taking her to dinner and a broadway show.

    Just a thought. I don’t think MY tax dollars have all been spent this week.

  • George says:

    I am sure that somehow, Bush caused this to happen.
    This will make me sick like it did when Clinton would go and cry. These guys really have very little respect for those that fought and died there. I can’t watch it.

  • lisab says:

    “I don’t think MY tax dollars have all been spent this week.”

    obama has already spent your tax dollars for many years to come

    he is now working on your descendant’s tax dollars … you may have a great grand nephew who has not had all his tax dollars spent

  • PenniePan says:

    Oh Gad. Just a bunch more ignorant responses from all of you righties basically whinning about not needing diplomacy (hello! That’s what this is people!) and hating the fact that President Obama has the right to do it on your behalf! It just kills you all to no end.

    Just remember that under Bushy, the dumbing down of America in the diplomacy field took one hell of a toll the past eight years. We need this trip like water to a thirsty man.

  • Le_Monte says:

    Whoa there are some freaky deaky people on this blog! But I want to say this. I am becomming a very proud American with our new president doing presidental things like this trip.

    His new administration will rebuild our countries basic ideals and become proud again . He has already done so many wonderful things. I also think it is a wonderful thing that he love his wife and like to show her off. People picking on him and her. He shows young black men how to love their family.

    I trust our presidents judgment 100% tthat is the truth.

    Thank you.

  • kate says:

    Oh good grief Pennie. Will he apologize for America again? Will he apologize in Egypt — he goes there first. Do you want him to Pennie – apologize in the muslim world? Does he need to for diplomacy purposes?

    What a smarmy buffoon he is and deep down you have to see some of the cracks forming in this guy – you just aren’t that dumb.

  • Paul says:

    Oh nice one Kate! I guess the next predictably tired leap is someone calling President Obama an appeaser that’s soft on terror. Isn’t that the way it works here?

  • kate says:

    paul stay on topic please – i would hate for you to take some predictably tired leap. oh and are we still using the word ‘terror’? i thought The One changed that… i could be wrong though. silly me.

  • a says:

    comment deleted.

  • A_Reluctant_Pundit says:

    President Barack Obama is representing our country on these goodwill tours and diplomacy opportunities. He does a great job because people in Europe and other parts of the world really love him and want to see and hear him. I think its a petty thing that you on this blog would not be able to see the value in that. He can never do any thing good enough for you. I also think that this D-Day celebration was organized by the French. Blame them for not inviting the Queen the first time around. President Obama had nothing to do with it.

  • Bill says:

    I think about McLame, the angry old white guy, as president and I’m content with things just as they are.

  • Micky says:

    “President Barack Obama is representing our country on these goodwill tours and diplomacy opportunities. He does a great job because people in Europe and other parts of the world really love him and want to see and hear him.”

    On his last “diplomatic tour” Brown, NATO and everyone else basically told him to take a hike. Obama only recieved a small portion of the help he asked for in Afghanistan in addition to no one willing to fall in with any of his global economic policies or solutions.
    Basiaclly his last visit was an abject failure. Who cares what the people think about his personality ?
    Also, no matter who organized this event after the Ipod thing it wouldnt hurt him to at least suggest or ask that the Queen be invited. who knows, maybe he did. The latest is that Brown accepted an invite from the French to attend the ceremony.

  • Jane says:

    “The latest is that Brown accepted an invite from the French to attend the ceremony.”

    Wrong-o Micky. The Prince will be attending after this fiasco. Gordon Brown was planning to attend anyway. Read the link in the post and this one too if you can.


  • Ken says:

    Obama was, and continues to be, an embarrassment. He has no concept of history, politics, international relations, or common courtesy. I always said that I will never apologize for this country, however, I feel the need to apologize for its president every day of my life.

    He’s pathetic. The only thing all the Obamabots can do is talk about how many people supposedly like him. They elected an arrogant rock star, not a president. Now we will all have to pay the price.

  • kate says:

    hey there pundit

    ‘He can never do any thing good enough for you.’

    you know, thats a very sad thing to say. and even sadder is that it is most likely true. and the reason pundit is that he has already, in just 5 1/2 months, done so very many things bad.

    and pundit, goodwill and all of that is quite nice, however, we need a leader as our president. we really do not need an international bff.

  • Micky says:

    Jane, lighten up. All I was saying was that he was invited as one of the heads of state and accepted. He was planning to, but still needed an invite, did he not ?
    So, I hardly see how I’m wrong about anything in my little single sentence that bugs you so much.
    “But the British government said Sarkozy had invited Brown personally, and Buckingham Palace said that until Sarkozy contacted Charles through the French Embassy in London, no member of the royal family had received an invitation to the ceremony.”
    Bottom line is this.’
    His diplomatic skills suck, his visit is an embarassment, will amount to nothing and its all just a multi million dollar photo op.

  • lisab says:

    it turns out there was a bomb threat on the air france plane that went down

    i bet it was a bunch of evangelical christians targeting pro-choice doctors again

  • Jane says:

    “Jane, lighten up. All I was saying was that he was invited as one of the heads of state and accepted. He was planning to, but still needed an invite, did he not ?
    So, I hardly see how I’m wrong about anything in my little single sentence that bugs you so much.”

    Of course I will Micky. You just made a mistake. It’s not a big deal. Now maybe you should do the same next time someone else makes a mistake with a “little single sentence” that bugs you so much.

  • Micky says:

    I made no mistake in saying the latest is that Brown was invited.
    Is that a mistake ? hardly. Brown in fact was invited.

    “But Sarkozy’s office said on Wednesday that the queen was welcome. A French government spokesman says it is up to Britain to decide who attends.
    Brown’s office said only the prime minister received an invitation.”

    The fact is that the Brits have a policy where they do not decide who attends French ceremonies. (from your own source)


    “Royal officials claimed that strict protocols had prevented the Queen and her family from inviting themselves to the events in France. ”

    “Now maybe you should do the same next time someone else makes a mistake with a “little single sentence” that bugs you so much.”

    Nice try at blowing off your over reaction. Single sentences that hold relevance and truth dont bug me like they do liberals

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