On NPR yesterday I heard the Culture Minister of France extolling President Obama’s intelligence, patronage of the arts and culture, and general liberal artiness. At the time of the election I heard other comments of how Obama will be good for the arts and culture of the United States. That would be a good thing. We pray in one of our collects for the fomenting of the cultural arts.
So why does the President give such insipid gifts? Prime Minister Gordon Brown gave our President a pen holder made from timbers of the anti-slave ship HMS Gannet, and a first edition biography of W. Churchhill. Obama gave him some DVDs…which were not compatible with European DVD players. When the President met the Queen of England, he gave her an iPod.
In all fairness, I would have no idea what to get a Queen. It’s hard enough buying something for my mother, or my father who buys himself whatever he wants. But I’m pretty sure if I were a cultured man, a patron of the arts, I wouldn’t get Her Majesty a gift befitting a teenager.
As you read this blog, Mr. President, I urge you to get better protocol advisors. We expect such boorish gifts from clueless Republicans; not from a cultured, sensitive Democrat. Seriously.