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Barack Obama Sucks At Giving Presents

Not cool, Barry.This is sort of shocking, honestly — who would have thought that a guy who’s so great at throwing fancy dinner parties and entertaining guests would be such a shitty gift-giver? President Obama gave British Prime Minister Gordon Brown a set of 25 great American films on his recent visit to the US, whereas Brown gave Obama a pen, for heaven’s sake, and a book. Millions of Britons are appalled at this asymmetry of gifts. Why must Barack Obama crap all over our “special relationship” with Britain, &c. &c? [Daily Mail]

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112 comments

  1. rockstarjoe

    Off topic but can I just say how great it is to finally have a President who likes to drink? I mean, in public.

  2. ManchuCandidate

    It’s because the Brownie UK needs to get a new DVD player that can crack the regional encoding and like the UK taxpayers have any money for that after losing it all in Icelandic banks.

    Besides, I hardly think that Black Knight starring Martin Lawrence is something the AFI would call a greatest 25 US America film unless they said it was the 25th most awful piece of shit film that greatly shamed US America cinema forever.

  3. SayItWithWookies

    And he will hope that at a General Election the British public do not shun his imploration for another term in office by thinking at the ballot box of the famous line from another of the movies, Casblanca: ‘Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.’
    Can we take up a collection to send the same box set to the Daily Mail? They seem to need it more than Gordon Brown does.

  4. Texan Bulldoggette

    Hey, British people, we’re almost in a depression. We (the US taxpayers) don’t want to spend an extra dime paying to give your head goober something made out of crystal or gold (which will then just be put in a storage box until he dies & then auctioned off on Ebay). Enjoy your damn movies & STFU. BTW how’s England’ economy doing, eh–it’s not like you don’t have bigger things to worry about??? STFU! Also.

  5. Servo

    Just be glad he didn’t give you an economy-size bottle of Cool Mint Listerine, ya fuckin’ Limeys!

  6. Texan Bulldoggette

    [re=259494]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: Plus Gordon can always re-gift them when Angela Merkel or Sarkozy comes to London to visit.

  7. magic titty

    Umm, those are good movies, save for Gone With the Wind. Suck a dick, Britain.
    Do you want your 13 colonies back or some shit?

  8. Dave J.

    Brown’s just pretending he hasn’t already watched “Xtreme Backdoor College Sluts 17″ five times already.

  9. Gopherit

    What a cute beer, hopey! You know they come in pints and yards, right?

    Fuck those limey bastards. They’re lucky we didn’t give them a few more musketballs in the Keister! USA! USA!

  10. FMA

    [re=259493]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Jezz, that’s even the best part of the movie. The best part is where Rhett tells Scarlett to get on the plane with Dr. Strangelove and John Belushi bellows, “No prisoners!”

  11. ManchuCandidate

    [re=259499]shanemacgowan[/re]:
    The Brits will then just come back with a 1 page book on English Cooking. When will the gift giving slights ever end?

  12. EmSharp

    They give the wrong name for the quote at the end of the article – ‘Frankly, my dear..’ is def not from Casablanca.

    The English are so intelligent.

  13. The Cold Sea

    The Brits got some nerve. The even greater than Wall Street, Wild West unregulated markets of the City of London led to this world melt down as much as anything. The AIG “people” running their credit default swaps that moved so heavily to “insure” the mortgage backed securities the banks and investment banks were pushing? London based.

  14. shellyboo98

    And Brown gave Barack a pen made from the wood of a Victorian anti-slave ship…uh…cuz he’s black. Which is nice but, just as awkward as giving a black person a dashiki or or Kwanzaa candles. So take THAT Brown!

  15. Dave J.

    The Prime Minister gave Mr Obama an ornamental pen holder made from the timbers of the Victorian anti-slave ship HMS Gannet.

    “Oh, you’re black, here’s something about slavery.” Go suck one, England.

  16. jon c

    i am sorely disappointed that the box set did not include the greatest of all American films, “Dude, Where’s My Car?” Also, what’s up with no “Birth of a Nation”?

  17. MoodProcessor

    It was either the movies, or a first edition copy of “The Big Book of British Smiles.”

  18. lumpenprole

    Could be a good idea if Barry’s offering included Repo Man, Nashville and Blue Velvet. In all likelihood though, it was either a bunch of TCM standards (Kane, Bogey…) or Obama’s own Star Wars vs. Trek Final Throw Down collection.

  19. sezme

    [re=259493]SayItWithWookies[/re]: England sucks at identifying well known movie quotes, so (as we say in code here), we straight.

  20. Serolf Divad

    If I might paraphrase Mme. Pelosi: “Gordon Brown should be thankful for what he got.”

  21. tehbenton

    Mr Brown is not thought to be a film buff

    Alas for everyone involved, Mr. Brown is probably not an anything buff. The guy’s about as interesting as watching paint dry. Obama would’ve been better off gifting him with a box of Kleenex.

    My bagpipe drones sound more interesting than Gordo, most days.

  22. Mustang

    [re=259511]V572625694[/re]: McCabe and Mrs. Miller is my favorite movie. I’ve seen it about 15 times, and I always see something new. I love almost every Altman movie, but that one is amazing.

  23. Fox News Light

    They give us that stupid move “The English Patient” and they don’t even know the difference between the Commie loving Cassablanca vs. the Confederate “Loving Gone with the wind?”

    No wonder we dumped their redcoat asses.

  24. El Vista

    Let’s send ‘em some Boers, some Thugees, and some Dervishes, along with copies of Breaker Morant, White Mischief, My Beautiful Laundrette, and Rabbit-Proof Fence. And the Pip Great Expectations episode from South Park. Also.

  25. norbizness

    I think Bush gave Blair a gently used Hickory Farms gift basket that Jenna found dumpster-diving behind the Barton Creek Mall.

  26. randomsausage

    [re=259533]El Vista[/re]: +1 on White Mischief. That was during the era that Greta Scacchi could be guaranteed to get her kit off in any movie. Good times….

  27. ph7

    I’d prefer him giving the Brits a book how to make their women less annoying (English girls they’re so prissy I cant stand them on the telephone)

  28. Holding Out for a Hero

    I shudder to think what the British would have considered an appropriate gift…

  29. Scorpiogal

    Obama should’ve just given the PM a can o’ hobo beans for beans on toast. They like beans over there.

  30. Mustang

    Wow. I had no idea there was so much hostitlity toward the Brits. I have to say — it was sort of an odd gift.

  31. hobospacejungle

    [re=259530]Fox News Light[/re]: They give us that stupid move “The English Patient”…

    That “stupid” movie gave us Kristin Scott Thomas WITH NO CLOTHES ON. I would not call that stupid. I would call that nom nom nom.

  32. problemwithcaring

    [re=259514]shellyboo98[/re]: And why did Obama give him a box-set tough? Neither one of them are Canadian…..

  33. jagorev

    [re=259490]rockstarjoe[/re]: I kind of hope he takes up smoking every now and then. I don’t want him chain smoking, but it’s a stressful job, and nicotine helps you focus. I want my Prez to be completely focused during a crisis.

  34. S.Luggo

    Star Trek: Episode IV??? Oh noessss.
    ****
    I don’t know Barry didn’t give Wee Gordie a collection of famous Black cinema instead:

    Pooty Tang
    Blackula
    Madea’s Family Reunion
    Barber Shop
    Putney Swope
    Cleopatra Jones,
    Men in Black
    The Wiz
    Dead Presidents
    Dream Girls
    Purple Rain
    Radio
    48 Hours
    Brian’s Song
    Driving Miss Daisy
    Gone with the Wind
    Lethal Weapon
    Shaft
    Lillies of the Field
    Superfly
    Pinky
    Sister Act
    Black Caesar
    Mandingo
    The Shawshank Redemption
    etc.

  35. Moleman v2.5

    [re=259557]Accordion-o-rama[/re]: Bush also gave Blair his special spotted dick with cream … but it wasn’t a dessert.

  36. jagorev

    [re=259514]shellyboo98[/re]: Actually, Brown gave Obama some other knick-knack made from the wood of a ship that was used by the Empire to bombard African rebels in the Sudan, and a bio of Winston Churchill who brutally suppressed the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya and personally (I assume) ordered the torture of Barry’s grandfather.

  37. Darkness

    [re=259545]Holding Out for a Hero[/re]: A lovely curtsying WHITE servant to take home, most likely.

    Their press is as dogged at avoiding discussing real topics and doing real analysis as ours is. Both our economies are in the crapper… Coincidence??

  38. CrunchyKnee

    Obama should have given them Dane Cook, now that’s something that these extra-letter using, antique spelling, bad hair cut wearing island dwellers can understand.

  39. snideinplainsight

    Argh!! Peggy Nooningshire is terrified of planes, YET AGAIN! (Geez, you’d think she lives in Manhattan or something.) And in conclusion.

    The British have bad teeth and eat funny food. Also.

  40. Atheist Nun

    The Prime Minister gave Mr Obama an ornamental pen holder made from the timbers of the Victorian anti-slave ship HMS Gannet.

    Nice. What did he give Michelle Obama, a vintage box of Aunt Jamima Pancake Mix? Next time, instead of movies maybe we should give England’s Prime Minister one of those kits we give our American children at the dentist with a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and one of those little red chewable pills to check for plaque.

  41. sarcasticusername

    hopey gave gordon the gift of being seen with him; that’s pretty much the best thing to happen to brown in the last year.

  42. Origami

    Well Brown also gave the Obama girls some disgusting clothes from cheap clothier, Topshop, and some boring books, so I think we are about even with the crappy gifts.

  43. The Helvetica Scenario

    He gave the dude Star Wars. As Wonkette has shown time and time again, that’s all you need to understand American politics.

  44. DoctorCulturae

    Best thing Gordon could give Hopemaster is a carton of Dunhill, reds of course.

  45. bitchincamaro

    The notoriously tight-fisted Scotsman will be re-gifting those discs one at a time for years to come. He should be thrilled.

  46. sarcasticusername

    that dvd set cost $500, that’s about all the money america has left at this point.

  47. the cold war makes me hot

    What a bunch of fucking ingrates! I have hated Britain since my first trip there. You’re as bad as the krauts with the hospitality and bitching.

    We let your unpopular PM come here and address a joint session of Congress so he can say things no one cares about, then he gets to meet our Messiah, and all you fucking limey bastards can do is bitch about our Messiah giving him 25 of our greatest movies, while your PM gives our Messiah a pen. It probably isn’t even refillable. It is sure to break in half in his mighty paw the first time he tries to doodle with it.

    Go back to bitching about your fox-hunting and your racists royals, and leave the awesome gift-giving to us.

  48. TGY

    We’ve already given them the gift of Massive Bank Failure. What more expensive gift do they want? Oh, EPIC FAIL?

  49. Schadenfried

    [re=259503]magic titty[/re]: Hell no, I live in one of the 13 colonies! But they can have parts of the South.

  50. american mutt

    I bet some Alex Jones documentaries are in there. That and the recent shitty, Star Wars.

  51. Mr Blifil

    To his credit Obama did include Misty Beethoven and a few extreme fisting videos among the 25. Only in America.

    But where was the “American Masters: Sondheim?” Brown’s such a fag he probably already had it.

  52. lumpenprole

    Movies that might tell the foreigns a lot about us.

    Armageddon (Pride!)
    Terminator 2 (Technology is both dangerous and cool)
    something with Adam Sandler and his creepy sidekick (tantrums!)
    The Matrix (Neo was like me! So alienated!)
    Titanic (History!)
    Return of the Jedi (Classic!)
    Schindler’s List, the Camp Edition (Box filled with actual dirt from the camps)
    Sudden Impact (Zero tolerance! Yeah!)
    Rambo (More history!)
    something with Hannah Montana in it (Fact: the stars on our flag stand for Disney starlets)
    A Few Good Men (Wall-standing leadership!)
    Forget the Wind (or whatever the Kevin Costner Injun movie was called. Sad though, huh?)
    Gone With the Wind (Classic!)
    The Passion (LET HIM INTO YOUR LIFE!!!!)
    Top Gun (History, masculinity, industry, Zenu!)
    Jurassic Park (Science!)
    Sex and the City (Sophisticated America!)
    Jackass (Easier to live with than soccer hooligans)
    JFK (History, but kinda long and confusing)
    Do the Right Thing (Hysteria version – commentary track by Daniel Pipes, Krauthammer)
    American Beauty (Blue State smug)
    The Davinci Code (Politics and history!)
    Radioactive Super Hulking Batman, the Caped Adolescent ($200M B-Movies – our final contribution to world culture)
    Good Morning Vietnam (or Dead Poets Society or Mrs. Doubtfire)
    some excrement-based spoof comedy

    bonus disc: excerpts of Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins (you’re welcome!)

  53. ericblair

    I’d be happy with that box set. Oh, the Brits and their obsession with “protocol.” Too good to watch DVDs, are they?

    What ho, I hear the Bonny Prince has made the best dressed blokes’ list! Bloody brilliant!

  54. UNZIPPEDFLY

    Next time give them Eraserhead and 200 Motels, the complete MysteryScience 3000 collection, and tell them we saved their asses in WWII.

  55. ManchuCandidate

    [re=259633]lumpenprole[/re]:
    Top Gun (History, masculinity, industry, Zenu!)
    Forgot GAY GAY GAY.

    Heh. Should add:

    Debbie Does Dallas (American “Entrepreneurship”, What US Americans, especially the vacuous cheerleader types, will do to get/give a head, Texas, PR0N!)

    Team US America (Puppets!, What most US America thinks war/foreigns policies is, Puppet Scat Pr0N!)

  56. Texan Bulldoggette

    Barry will make it up to them when he gives the Queen pictures of him nekkid.

  57. wheelie

    Cheap shot, Obama. “Here’s 25 great American movies because we actually have 25 great movies to give.”

  58. WIDTAP

    Listen Brits – we let you keep Canada under your Royal Highness’ thumb. That should be gift enough.

  59. populucious

    The President gave Brown a box of Cuban cigars encrusted with Somalian diamonds; a case of fois gras, extra fatty, from cage raised geese; a coupon for the Cadillac Ranch in Nevada and some mink underwear. He was impeached the next day. THANKS, Great Britain. You are so not invited to the gift exchange next year.

  60. WendyK

    Mr. Prezdnint, I’d like to make a suggestion.

    Next time, you two fine leaders of nations should prearrange the gifts. We send Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh, and PM Gordon Brown sends us Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse. It’ll be a famewhore-junkie exchange program.

  61. Fivetree

    Hey, we pulled their ass of the slinger twice in the last century (and that’s not even counting the Marshall Plan). Besides, were they gold-plated, Special Edition, Director’s Cut, Anniversary Commerative resissues of the DVD’s? And it has already been pointed out that the Brits need a little tutorial on Amurican movies because they seem to be taking famous lines from “Gone With The Wind” and putting them into “Casablanca”.

  62. chascates

    Saving their asses in two world wars should count for something. Plus we had to put up with Benny Hill on PBS.

  63. Thechansen

    Kubrick and SIR Clark? I’ll let the rest slid but really… A better option would have been a collection of revolutionary war documentries and the region 1 NTSC copy of the patriot.

  64. assistant/atlas

    Why is everyone hating on Britain? It’s like hating on your retarded Aunt. Sure she’s annoying at times but she’s family and just wants to help and so you’re a horrible person.

    [re=259670]wheelie[/re]: Um…Guy Ritchie aside, Brits don’t suck at making films: Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, Lawrence of Arabia, Chariots of Fire, Monty Python’s movies, Four Weddings and a Funeral, A Fish Called Wanda, the original Italian Job and original Alfie, Shakespeare in Love, Brazil, the English Patient, Elizabeth, the Wicker Man, the Killing Fields, the Full Monty, the Crying Game, and a Clockwork Orange. Plus, Bond, James Bond should count at least a little, even if the modern movies are totally, thoroughly American.

  65. Zorg

    Along with the excellent choices of “Breaker Morant,” “White Mischief” and “Braveheart,” I would have included gems like “The Devil’s Disciple,” “The Scarlet Coat,” “Drums Along the Mohawk,” “John Paul Jones,” “The Ruling Class,” “The Madness of King George” and “Mutiny on the Bounty.” Unfortunately, “Gallipoli” is an Australian film or I would also slip that in to the boxed set.

  66. Schadenfried

    [re=259746]assistant/atlas[/re]: I agree, and Benny Hill rocked! I’ll take that over that pile of shit Mad TV any day of the week.

  67. Dawn Keipuntsh

    [re=259603]Hound[/re]: Spook Who Sat By The Door: excellent movie, and directed by Kinch of Hogan’s Heroes.

    So, the Brits think their PM gave classier gifts than Obama. I hope they all meet him at the airport and shout “Heckava job, Brownie!”

  68. randomsausage

    [re=259804]Schadenfried[/re]: Yes, British TV comedy shits on the head of US sit-coms. Give me Blackadder, The Fast Show, Monty Python, Dads Army over your Friends and Frazier any day.

    Funny skit from The Fast Show on that shittiest shit of shit American inventions, jazz……

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsQYzpOHpik

  69. chascates

    [re=259830]randomsausage[/re]: And Fawlty Towers, Yes Minister, Yes Prime Minister, The Good Neighbors (Felicity Kendall!), etc.

  70. randomsausage

    [re=259856]chascates[/re]: Felicity Kendall, woof woof. It was called The Good Life! Yes Minister/PM was class — the episode when he went to an Arab country that didn’t serve alcohol and they set up a drinking room during the reception….

    Aide: Minister there’s a Mr Haig on the phone?
    Minister (looking worried): General Haig?
    Aide: No, Mr Haig from the Scotch office!

    And what about Reggie Perrin, Steptoe, Rising Damp, Porridge?

  71. NebraskashireGentry

    obviously, Mr. Brown was disappointed the box set didn’t include “On a Clear Day” and “RocknRolla”.

    crappy movies by Brits, about Brits are the only ones they like, right?

    Obama should have been more culturally sensitive…Mr. Brown doesn’t need reminding that American cinema history far surpasses that of his country.

  72. 102415

    I saw that bit in The Mail last night and pointed out the quotation mistake in the comments very politely. I don’t see it anywhere for some reason. Why do they hate us and our new President?

  73. skyinator

    The classics should have included such regional delights as “Debbie Does Dallas” – a film about Texas and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” – a film about Texas.

  74. Oh hell to the no

    [re=259569]S.Luggo[/re]: I think Hopey negotiated a knighthood for Tyler Perry, so I’m sure they’ll be getting the Blaxploitation DVD pack any day now.

  75. saridout

    good lord have mercy, what’s so terrible about dvds? that moron attributed ‘Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn,’ to Casablanca, so what does he know, anyway? morons.

  76. wheelie

    [re=259746]assistant/atlas[/re]: You were doing quite well in your rebuttal until you brought up the original The Italian Job as one of your exemplary British films . . .

    But I take your point, mine was a cheap shot. Mike Leigh, Shane Meadows, Alan Clarke and Ken Loach – those four alone can lay claim to the brilliance and originality of British film. Mea culpa.

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