Our best friend - Great Britain

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The current administration delivers yet another slap in the face to our staunchest ally. From Tony Katz writing at the PJ Tatler:
Screw Reagan!
President Barack Obama has shown, over the past 2 and a half years, an amazing amount of contempt for Great Britain. From the earliest days in the White House, Obama sent the bust of Winston Churchill packing. He traded gifts with the Royal Family, giving them ipods of all things. Then, the lack of manners and customary protocol in the quasi-groping of the Queen by the First Lady. A possible simple mistake, but a lack of protocol and respect nonetheless. Fast forward a few years, and you have the worst toast in the history of the world, again showing his lack of manners and protocol � but now showing an odd willingness not to care about such things in regard to England.

Most recently, however, the insult to England has international implications. This weekend, as America celebrated Independence Day, a statue of President Ronald Reagan was unveiled in London. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and others were on hand for the dedication. The bronze statue sits in the same park as a statue dedicated to the memory of Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, which was dedicated in 1989 by the Iron Lady herself, Margaret Thatcher. The Reagan statue is part of the world-wide celebrations celebrating the centennial of Reagan�s birth.

That night, a dinner was held in honor of Reagan. It capped a day of events that celebrated the life and extraordinary achievements of the 40th President of the United States. Yet, missing from the dinner � clearly the biggest event of the day � was United States Ambassador Louis Susman. While he did host a VIP breakfast that morning, Susman was absent from the grandest event, where speeches were given and the memory of Reagan was put forth � reminding everyone of his impact, and his legacy.
A bit more:
From all reports, Susman was not sick, stricken with illness or involved in a really intense game of Farmville. He simply didn�t show up, as the representative of the United States, to an event honoring one of the greatest presidents in US history. Susman didn�t show up to honor the long standing relationship that the US and Great Britain have; one that solidified in World War II, and was made stronger through the Cold War and its eventual end � and end that was percipitated by the man they were there to honor! The event itself served British lamb and California chardonnay�not a coincidence, but a reminder of that relationship.

The London Evening Standard reported this quote from the event:
�Our ambassador should be here,� said Lynn de Rothschild, the American entrepreneur who is married to Sir Evelyn de Rothschild and was one of Hillary Clinton�s key fundraisers in 2008 as well as a supporter of several Republican presidential candidates. �This was an historic dinner to mark Reagan�s centenary and to celebrate him as the man who ended the Cold War. What could not be more important?"
To hell with Susman, he was just a fundraiser for O and this Ambassadorship is the prize for his efforts. As Secretary of State, Hillary should have been there. As Steve said in one of the comments:
I don�t think the British will miss Obama.

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