Obama snubs Queen Elizabeth

Obama snubs Queen Elizabeth

As if snubbing the Prime Minister of Britain wasn’t bad enough, Obama had to go and take it to the next level: snubbing Queen Elizabeth herself.

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.

While serving, she met the supreme Allied commander for the D-Day landings, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and developed a fondness for him, according to several biographies. This prompted Queen Elizabeth, who was crowned in June 1953, to say in later years that he was the American president with whom she felt most at ease.

But on June 6, when Mr. Obama and Mr. Sarkozy attend commemorations at the iconic locations associated with the American D-Day assault — Utah Beach, the town of Ste.-Mère-Église, where the first United States paratroopers landed, and the American war cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer — the highest-ranking British representative will be Prime Minister Gordon Brown. His main role will be at ceremonies at the town of Arromanches, near the beaches where British troops landed.

… In Britain, commentators have suggested that Mr. Sarkozy did not want to share the telegenic moment when he hosts Mr. Obama. This was all the more so, the British commentators have said, because the queen’s presence might risk turning the occasion into a celebration of the Anglo-American alliance, whose troops carried out the landings, losing about 37,000 men in the battle for Normandy.

Whoever dropped the ball here is irrelevant. Both Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy share blame here. Both of them should have recognized the importance of having Queen Elizabeth there, and should have taken the initiative to send an invitation. The D-Day invasion has much deeper meaning and importance than the stupid squabblings of egotistical politicians, and yet that is apparently what D-Day is being relegated to: the stroking of two politicians’ egos.

Hat Tip: Ace of Spades

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  • Chris M-G says:

    Raise your hand if you’re surprised.

    …No one? Me neither.

  • fozzy says:

    Chris – I’m surprised. The Queen can fix an old truck? I did not know that.

  • Mat says:

    I am shocked, utterly shocked to find out that our (giggle, chuckle, laugh, roaring)”president” is conceited and narcissistic. He’s a deity, can’t anyone understand that? A living god. In fact, we should change our country’s name to Obamamerica to better reflect our leader’s greatness. You believe that? No, I don’t either…

  • BobV says:

    I wonder, why does he have such an enmity for britain? They outlawed slavery before we did, so they should be cool on that front. For as much as they go along with us their people and even politicians criticize the US, and especially Bush all the time. They think we’re stupid, fat, lazy, arrogant imperialists. They’re very far to the left compared to here. They’d gladly replace every cathedral in the country with a mosque (at the taxpayers expense) if muslims there promised to be a little bit nicer for a bit. So in most ways they seem in line with Obamas view of the world.

    I don’t get the hatred he’s shown our last remaining ally of value.

  • Chris M-G says:

    Fozzy- The details of the Queen’s service did surprise me. I’m sure you know what I was referring to.

  • Dale says:

    I’m not surprised that Obama didn’t invite the Queen to the
    ceremony ..and Im sure he didn’t think it was that important
    He’s to busy running around our 58 states….Clinton ,Bush, and
    Obama should all be in jail……

  • Bj says:

    Why is it the responsibility of the American president to invite the Queen to an event that’s happening in France?

  • Bj says:

    Nevermind, I just read the rest of your blog, you’re anti-Obama so it makes sense u would blame Obama for the snub.

    Google “Obama snubs Queen Elizabeth” and you’ll see that your blog is the only place on the entire web that is blaming Obama for the snub.

  • AD says:

    Good points Bj.

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