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One of the anti-Barack talking points of conservative pundits like Sean Hannity the past few days have been the diplomatic gaffes committed by Barack, and even Michelle Obama at the G20. We all remember when Barack gave British PM Gordon Brown a collection of DVDs. Well, now he's given Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, et cetera; an iPod.
So he gives crappy gifts. Oh, and Michelle Obama gave the Queen a hug, which apparently is a breach of protocol.
Who the fuck cares? Conservative pundits are spending time on this meaningless minutia. This isn't 1372, the Queen isn't going to declare war on us because we gave her a crappy present. She's not going to chop off Michelle Obama's head for hugging her.
If you have an hour-long cable news show, and you find time to criticize the President for his gifts to the British in that hour, then he must not be doing that bad of job. There's so much other BS to criticize Barack on. Gift-giving is #3.6 trillion on that list.
Conservatives are also attacking Barack for bowing to the Saudi King. Ummmmmmmmmmmmm....
Now I don't think Barack did anything amazing at the G20, but who the hell did? Nothing gets done at these big summits. It's just a bunch of photo opps and soap-box standing. But the Special Relationship between the US and the UK has hardly been put into jeopardy by Barack's inability to give good gifts.
After all, it's the thought that counts.