Note: Four of the links in this post are short must-watch videos.
People always chide Joe Biden for his awkward gaffs and misspeaks. It turns out though that he has help – from his boss. Remember the inauguration: Oops. Just seconds into his term, President Barack Obama made a mistake about the history of his new office. In the second paragraph of his inaugural address, Obama said, “Forty four Americans have now taken the presidential oath.” Sorry. While Obama IS the 44th president, he is actually only the 43rd American to take the oath. Grover Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms. He is counted as the 22nd president, serving from 1885 to 1889. He won back the office four years later, and is counted also as the 24th president, serving again from 1893-1897. Two presidents – but one American. WashingtonBureau.
And then there were all of the “apology tours,” and when asked if the United States was an exceptional nation, he replied: “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism. [whatever America has] to offer the world does not lessen my interest in recognizing the value and wonderful qualities of other countries, or recognizing that we’re not always going to be right, or that other people may have good ideas, or that in order for us to work collectively, all parties have to compromise and that includes us.”
And now to the president’s current European trip. Upon landing in his newly found ancestral Ireland after setting up Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu (talk about a hit and run), we also discovered his newly found Irish accent. And of course, his monstrous limo got stuck on a ramp.
Now don’t go away as the best parts are yet to come: Off to merry old England. While signing the guest register at Westminster Abbey, and after asking the date mind you, he still got it wrong by three years!
Building toward the grand finale president Obama now suffered an embarrassing royal toast mishap at Queen Elizabeth’s banquet. He proposes a toast and lifts his glass alone during the playing of the British national anthem while the Queen and other guests silently looked on in awe.
And finally, here are president Obama’s top ten insults against Britain – 2011 edition according to Nile Gardiner. I would say that this is all unbelievable, but I deleted that word from my vocabulary sometime in 2009.