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Gordon Brown and Barack ObamaNaturally with a "buttboy" media, we haven't heard much about this, but they're beyond pissed in England. It was bad enough when Barack Obama snubbed Gordon Brown out of a traditional joint press conference.

Let me ask you this: if you were to meet the Prime Minister of England and were to give him a gift, what would be your choice?

He's not a man known for pleasure - rather as the sort to take an afternoon's summer holiday before heading straight back to work, so it must be hard. But Barack Obama can't have predicted the scornful response of the Daily Mail when he decided to pick Gordon up a few DVDs.

In return for a pen holder carved from the timbers of the sister ship of the one the White House desk is made from and a first edition of a seven-volume biography of Winston Churchill, the Mail is appalled that "Barack Obama, the leader of the world's richest country" gave Brown a box set of 25 DVDs selected by the American Film Institute. These include Raging Bull, Casablanca, Psycho and The Graduate. It is, the Mail says, "a gift about as exciting as a pair of socks".

Makes me wonder what he'll give The Queen on his upcoming visit, George Foreman's Lean Mean Fat Reducing Grilling Machine?


And so much again for this being the smartest administration ever.

In America, our video equipment runs on the NTSC broadcast standard. In Great Britain, they use PAL, which means as far as those DVD's President Obama gave Prime Minister Gordon Brown...

Giftgate threatens to take another twist and turn. Alex Massie at Coffee House flags up a vital and hitherto unconsidered aspect of the row, via one of Mark Hemingway's readers.

"It would be funny if the DVDs Mr Obama gave Mr Brown were Region 1 NTSC and therefore not compatible with the UK where DVDs are region 2 and video format is PAL."

Let's hope that somebody in the White House was aware of the difference between the formats and acted accordingly when ordering the DVDs. I have asked Number 10 to clarify and will post an update when they respond.

These arrogant, know-it-all progressives are too funny and are clearly restoring our standing in the world.

As idiots.


  • John 5 years ago

    This kind of petty and rediculous attack only makes you like a fool.