4.02.2009

Queen Elizabeth asked for the iPod, Morons.

The Tea Party loons are somehow arguing how Obama made a fool of himself in front or royalty by giving the Queen an iPod. Anyone else find this amusingly ironic?

From Media Matters:

In an April 1 article, the Politico reported that President Obama presented Queen Elizabeth II with "a personalized iPod," and added, "The bestowing of the Royal iPod brought a cringe from one top etiquette expert, who said it confirmed that Obama hasn't figured out presidential gift giving." But while Politico staff writer Nia-Malika Henderson noted criticism of the gift by "etiquette expert" Anna Post of the Emily Post Institute, Henderson did not mention that the White House reportedly said Queen Elizabeth asked for the iPod that Obama gave her.

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The CBS Evening News also reported on April 1 that "officials say" the queen requested the iPod.

From the April 1 edition of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric:

CHIP REID (CBS News chief White House correspondent): Despite policy differences with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Sarkozy today expressed confidence in Mr. Obama, who insisted that their differences have been vastly overstated.

OBAMA: I am absolutely confident that this meeting will reflect enormous consensus.

REID: This evening, the president visited Buckingham Palace for a private audience with the queen and husband Prince Philip. Mr. Obama's gift for the queen? A video iPod with footage of her 2007 trip to Washington -- a gift that "officials say she requested.

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