Iain Martin of the Telegraph complains that "the Brits had to beg" for a press conference with flags, that Obama's gift to Brown — a boxed set of DVDs — was lame, and that "this was coupled with Michelle Obama's casual choice of gifts for the Brown sons - matching models of the helicopter which ferry her husband around. While Sarah Brown had spent time choosing gifts for the Obama girls, Michelle had clearly sent an aide to the White House gift shop at the last moment."
But for real crazy, check out James Delingpole, who says Obama's alleged snub was "a move calculated to please his Lady Macbeth." Delingpole says Michelle "is every bit the terrifying executive's wife that Hillary Clinton was," and that "her broad-brush view of history associates Brits with the wicked white global hegemony responsible for the slave trade." Where is Delingpole getting this? Oh yeah, her "till-recently suppressed" [translation: released by the campaign more than a year ago] Princeton thesis. Delingpole uses this thesis to claim that Michelle "has mastered the authentic voice of grievance culture," then writes,
More worrying, though, and dangerous, than young Michelle's desperate quest for validation through victimhood is the other strain within her thesis. "As I enter my final year at Princeton," she writes. "I find myself striving for many of the same goals as my White classmates - acceptance to a prestigious graduate or professional school or a high paying position in a successful corporation. Thus, my goals at Princeton are not as clear as before."
"Yes, exactly, you silly girl" you want to shriek at young Michelle as you give her a good shake. "It's called 'opening your mind', 'broadening your experience', 'allowing youthful dogma to be shaped by reality.' It's why people go to university, don't you know?"
Congrats to Delingpole for combining old news with condescension, paranoia, and a blindered point of view that masquerades as open-mindedness! As long as we're talking Shakespeare, we think Delingpole is a little like Twelfth Night's Malvolio, the officious, narrow-minded butler who is easily exposed as a fool.
President Barack Obama Dislikes Britain, But He's Keen To Meet The Queen [Telegraph]
President Barack Obama Just Plain Rude To Britain. Don't Call Us In The Future. [Telegraph]
Was 'Lady Macbeth' Behind Barack Obama's Snub Of Gordon Brown? [Telegraph]