FIRST DATES  5:43 pm April 1, 2009

Obama Meets Queen, CNN Yells

by Jim Newell

Oh this is a necessary post. You all do want to see the Obamas meeting our colonial Queen at her Buckingham Palace, don’t you? Because they do just that. Check out the Queen, still hangin’ in there. She could stand on top of both Malia and Sasha Obama and still be shorter than either of their parents. CNN did a great job covering this event, too. Its daytime anchor shouts for a while, and then a drunk limey comes on to shout some more. [YouTube]

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Clyde Midia April 1, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Miss “Anchor” Thing sure is annoying………where’d they dig him up from??

smartypants April 1, 2009 at 5:51 pm

I KNEW it. They ARE Taltos…

facehead April 1, 2009 at 5:52 pm

If you anally poison the British, it is best to start with the Queen.

cmon April 1, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Why did that make me cry?

SayItWithWookies April 1, 2009 at 5:53 pm

“Obamas meet inbred, powerless figurehead.”
Ha — Mark Sanford eat your heart out.

danadevin85 April 1, 2009 at 5:53 pm

aaaawww look at President Obama and first lady Michelle with their two munchkin kids LOL

bitchincamaro April 1, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Almost as exciting as NY’s 20th race.

itgetter April 1, 2009 at 5:56 pm

[re=278969]cmon[/re]: anal poisoning? See your doctor.

Bearbloke April 1, 2009 at 5:57 pm

The Queen of England meets The King of Sooooooooullllllllll

Buzz Feedback April 1, 2009 at 6:00 pm

“Your Royal Highness, please accept these TruckNutz as a gift from the American people.”

Magnus Maximus April 1, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Oh yeah, I forgot about that old broad what lives in her Magical Castle!

I think it’s cuuuuute

Tommmcatt April 1, 2009 at 6:02 pm

Oh sure, Obama is accorded the “special honor” of coming in the side entrance. I wonder why, hmmm?

Hooray For Anything April 1, 2009 at 6:03 pm

That had all the awkwardness of being at a family function and being forced into having a conversation with your senile great aunt and uncle who you haven’t seen in about 20-30 years

Dave J. April 1, 2009 at 6:03 pm

I don’t watch a lot of cable TV, but just how damn casual are CNN anchors these days? Dude narrates this thing like some neighbor telling you about his jagoff kid’s soccer game last week.

danadevin85 April 1, 2009 at 6:04 pm


stop it LOL

Scandalabra April 1, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Every “journalist” involved with that clip must be executed immediately. Cronkrite’s coffin is in Spin cycle.

nmmagayar April 1, 2009 at 6:05 pm

[re=278982]Tommmcatt[/re]: better than the “rear entrance” – so to speak

V572625694 April 1, 2009 at 6:05 pm
WadISay April 1, 2009 at 6:06 pm

They have a “special entrance for very special guests”? How gay is that?!

gurukalehuru April 1, 2009 at 6:07 pm

The New York Times is all pissed off because the British Press (being the host country) got 4 questions and the American press only got 3.
The New York Fucking Times.

Origami April 1, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Why is The Queen holding a purse? Isn’t this supposed to be her house?

Canuck13652 April 1, 2009 at 6:09 pm

I love the giddy high-school girl excitement of whatshisface–”Oh, she doesn’t meet with everyone, but she’s clearly excited.” OMG WE’RE POPULAR!!!11!1!! “There it is! There it is!”

Really, America, you could have had her as your Queen too, if you hadn’t had that silly revolution. We Canucks didn’t bother, and we have healthcare AND legal buttsex.

And also: the stress isn’t on the HAM. It’s on the BUCKING.

eclecticbrotha April 1, 2009 at 6:10 pm

[re=278987]Scandalabra[/re]: Ummm, Cronkite is still alive?
[re=278982]Tommmcatt[/re]: Yeah, I never heard anyone refer to the Service entrance as “special” before. Payback for giving Gordo those NTSC DVD’s I reckon. Those wacky Brits!

Bearbloke April 1, 2009 at 6:10 pm

[re=278982]Tommmcatt[/re]: Not to be a bigot or anything, but I do wonder if Obama is the first black person who the Queen has considered important enough to receive in person, in the castle? Normally, doesn’t she go visit the black leaders when she goes on her “worship Me, brown people” tours of the EmpireCommonewealth?

rmontcal April 1, 2009 at 6:11 pm

“You are so the man” is the new “you be the man”. For today anyway.

Lazy Media April 1, 2009 at 6:12 pm

[re=278985]Dave J.[/re]: They’re all like that on teevee any more. Remember how stupid and perky local TV news was 20 years ago? Take that, times a million, and that’s everything on cable now.

Bearbloke April 1, 2009 at 6:12 pm

[re=278987]Scandalabra[/re]: Without him in it, right? Maybe he’s just using it right now to mix BIG drinks…

Origami April 1, 2009 at 6:13 pm

[re=278991]gurukalehuru[/re]: The NYT has taken the Obama administration as a sign that they can be whiny and self-righteous about their TRADITIONS and IMPORTANCE. No wonder newspapers are doing so well!

Canuck13652 April 1, 2009 at 6:13 pm

[re=278995]Bearbloke[/re]: Yes, because the Empire/Commonwealth was so very very far behind the US in terms of things like, oh, slavery and segregation . . .

WickedWitch April 1, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Tony Harris. STFU. Worst anchor EVAH.

Regarding Mr. Quest — why was there no VIDEO of him? HMMMMM? WEARING A NOOSE AT THE TIME, THERE, BUDDY??

And Susan Lisisisisi — old bag. STFU to you too.

Jukesgrrl April 1, 2009 at 6:14 pm

[re=278980]Buzz Feedback[/re]: Thank the baby Jeebus we finally got that gift thing right!

[re=278987]Scandalabra[/re]: Cronkite doesn’t have a coffin … yet. He is so very much with us that he is having a “relationship” with Joanna Simon, Carly’s sister. If we could only get them to the alter, Uncle Walt would be James Taylor’s ex-brother-in-law. And Wonketeers might want to check Joanna’s Wiki listing. It contains the word “whilst.” Trucknut fans might never have seen such a thing.

expatinOz April 1, 2009 at 6:15 pm

How pwecious! And that anchor, could he be more…je ne sais quoi…camp?

Rukasu April 1, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Phillip: “How the bugger did you tell the Soviets, Nazi, Frogs, and the Slants apart from one another?”

Man he makes Biden look like a little bitch when it comes to making gaffes

thebaker April 1, 2009 at 6:21 pm

[re=278999]Lazy Media[/re]: speaking of perky, michelle’s really working that Maidenform!

Dave J. April 1, 2009 at 6:24 pm

[re=279009]Rukasu[/re]: Biden would have to go full retard and stay awake for a year to get within spitting distance of the Prince Philip Gaffe Level.

Hooray For Anything April 1, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Last year, Quest was busted in Central Park with, I quote: “some drugs in his pocket, a rope around his neck that was tied to his genitals, and a sex toy in his boot.”

Good to see he’s still working

President Beeblebrox April 1, 2009 at 6:29 pm

[re=279015]Dave J.[/re]: Right, you never hear Biden going on about Hindoos and Mussulmen and other toffy terms for H.M.’s former subjects.

Bruno April 1, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Damn. Barry one-upped me. I only met Princess Anne last year and now he has to go ruin the ride by meeting the Queen. At least I have the pleasure of being a nobody who can comfortably ‘mingle with the locals’, if you know what I mean

Delicious April 1, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Of course they’re yelling.

They were both smoking Richard Quest’s meth.

NoWireHangers April 1, 2009 at 6:31 pm

The pants pissing glee that CNN anchor exhibits at the thought of the Obamas meeting the Queen (“This is really what I’ve been waiting for TODAY!!1!”), is the same squeal-y delight most Americans get when confronted with any form of Royalty. Europeans don’t understand it. We’re all giggly and stupid about castles and princes and dukes and shit (even though we would NEVER NEVER want an American King because everyone in America is equal). The Obamas and the Kennedys are the closest we’ve come to royalty so naturally when Barry and Michelle met the Queen seats were gonna get moist.

Red Zeppelin April 1, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Is Philip saying something about bloody wogs in the background there? Couldn’t tell from the clip.

KittyLitter April 1, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Ah yes, nice to see Richard “Dick” Quest back from rehab and dildo-free for 29 days.

grevillea April 1, 2009 at 6:37 pm

[re=278995]Bearbloke[/re]: I couldn’t say for sure, but I suspect she’s had the British Attorney-General over once or twice:,_Baroness_Scotland_of_Asthal

Gin Bucket April 1, 2009 at 6:38 pm

More like Queen of the Hobbits…

digibal235 April 1, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Where is Richard Quest?

Jesus. Who could keep their job after that?

grevillea April 1, 2009 at 6:44 pm

[re=279023]NoWireHangers[/re]: Well, if it’s a lame-off you’re after, you should have seen the coverage on Australian TV when our PM met with Barry last week. “ZOMG the meeting ran 20 mins over schedule! He must totally want to go steady with us!”

Red Zeppelin April 1, 2009 at 6:45 pm

[re=278992]Origami[/re]: Although they have no written constitution, it is widely believed that if the Queen appears in public without her purse, the monarchy will be defunct and they will all have to move into council flats.

grevillea April 1, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Maybe it’s just me, but didn’t the Queen ask Barry what he had for breakfast (not who he met)?

Bearbloke April 1, 2009 at 6:57 pm

[re=279029]grevillea[/re]: but that’s not really a Head-Of-State Formal Reception, now is it? – If it happened, it was probably more like some junior congressman getting to say hello to the President before a State of the Union address.

President Beeblebrox April 1, 2009 at 7:12 pm

[re=279029]grevillea[/re]: Zounds! Since when are we giving baronies to blackamoors and kaffirs?

Bearbloke April 1, 2009 at 7:20 pm

[re=279029]grevillea[/re]: BTW, what’s with this colonial Attorney General crap – what happened to Her Majesty’s Minister of Justice?

honkeyman April 1, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Wogs begins at Calais

grevillea April 1, 2009 at 7:26 pm

[re=279044]Bearbloke[/re]: Actually, no, I don’t imagine being knighted (baronessed?) by the Queen and sworn in by her as a cabinet minister and First Law Lord is very much like that at all.

comradepaulson April 1, 2009 at 7:40 pm

[re=279001]Origami[/re]: She needs that handbag to hold her brick, in case she meets a crazy dog.

Custerwolf April 1, 2009 at 7:45 pm

[re=278985]Dave J.[/re]: Amen! After listening to about 10 seconds of “Newsey Items of the Rich and Famous” I told my boyfriend that Peter Jennings is now spinning in his grave.

Custerwolf April 1, 2009 at 7:46 pm

[re=278987]Scandalabra[/re]: Damn! You were feeling my pain!

iwillsavethispatient April 1, 2009 at 7:49 pm

[re=278995]Bearbloke[/re]: I’m pretty sure she’s received plenty of African leaders in an official capacity at Buck House. Undoubtedly that even includes President Mugabe. And he’s probably been there more than once in the last ~30 years.

Custerwolf April 1, 2009 at 7:50 pm

[re=279079]Custerwolf[/re]: Well, at least my guy is dead (further posts clued me in on that one).

iwillsavethispatient April 1, 2009 at 8:02 pm

[re=278995]Bearbloke[/re]: Ol’ Queeny has a website, maintained by a succession of lowly serfs, who have provided this information for the commoners’ delight and delectation. Quite a lot, by the looks of it.

CaliforniaMike April 1, 2009 at 8:08 pm

CNN didn’t pick up Philip’s aside to Liz as the Obamas entered the room:

“I thought you said they were Americans. They’re wogs!”

cranky April 1, 2009 at 8:16 pm

that guy is friggin’ nuts, i can’t be anywhere near his voice without seizures.

cranky April 1, 2009 at 8:16 pm

“i am the obamaaaaaaaaah . . ” fluffer?

smellyal8r April 1, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Nothing like being turned around with a wave of the hand by the “Royal Consort” and told to “face that way” for picture time. I love how she’s hearing who all’s in town and that Barry didn’t doze off and she’s just nodding her head, “ummm hmmm…yes, quite” She looks bored stiff. She’s probably quite interested in who he’s talked with and what’s new in the world economy, but has to endure all this chit chat before getting down to business. Also, Helen Mirren still looks great, no?

CNN’s anchors have sucked for some time (especially the morning crew…they are hideous) and Richard Quest is just plain squirrelly.

sati demise April 1, 2009 at 8:18 pm

[re=279043]grevillea[/re]: It is the only decent meal made in England.
The breakfast=super good!
The rest, meh, go out for Indian food.

fishandvodka April 1, 2009 at 8:24 pm


shortsshortsshorts April 1, 2009 at 8:38 pm

[re=279100]fishandvodka[/re]: I simply KNEW that the British were still pissed about losing the war. WELL YOU HAVE IT BACK NOW ENGLAND ARE YOU HAPPY ABOUT THIS.


Gallowglass April 1, 2009 at 8:39 pm


aliphile April 1, 2009 at 8:40 pm

I loooooooooaaaaaaaathe Tony Harris. As whacko as cable news is, I was seriously addicted to it for a long time, and THAT MAN single-handedly made me kick the habit. He was always on while I was eating breakfast, and I finally realized that screaming at the television for 20 minutes every morning probably wasn’t good for the ol’ blood pressure.

Custerwolf April 1, 2009 at 8:59 pm

[re=278993]Canuck13652[/re]: We’re quite proud of our Dukes of Hazzard, thank you very much.

smellyal8r April 1, 2009 at 9:39 pm

[re=279104]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: I’m always happy when you are commenting shortshorts. A millyun laffs.

Bearbloke April 1, 2009 at 9:43 pm

[re=279064]grevillea[/re]: It’s still not a Peer-to-Peer meeting, even if the Queen knighted one of Her subjects (or is the proper term in this case “vassals”)?

DoctorCulturae April 1, 2009 at 9:54 pm

Ah, the passive-aggressive festival that is our “relationship” with Great Britain is in full display: CNN’s faux giddiness, the garden entrance next to a towering series of scaffolds (wtf), the Prince ordering of the Preznit to turn around, even Michelle’s quaint eye-blinding black/white ensemble. Pictures of the royals for Barry as a “gift” and an ipod for the Krauten-heimers. The only thing that would have brought levity would have been Sasha and Malia. Of course that would threaten all the magical realism. Note no bodies are ever allowed to touch. I’m reminded of an old joke about a bread box.

Mr Blifil April 1, 2009 at 10:00 pm

There’s no way Noobama registered that iPod under the Queen’s Apple ID.

gliberal April 1, 2009 at 10:01 pm

It’s a pleasure to meet you, Lizzie! Me and the missus loved you in Golden Girls.

gliberal April 1, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Pink? Serious, pink? For a visiting head of state? What, your charcoals were at the cleaners? You just come from the flower show? In an overhead shot she would look like a walking nipple.

expatinOz April 1, 2009 at 10:18 pm

[re=279033]grevillea[/re]: Did you see Rove’s (McManus not Karl) thing about that? He said the Australian media were all in an uproar, “Obama wants to go steady with us” and the American press were, “President meets with odd-looking accountant”.

expatinOz April 1, 2009 at 10:23 pm

[re=279043]grevillea[/re]: SHe asked Barry if he wanted tea and cake or death.

Mr Blifil April 1, 2009 at 11:40 pm

We are not amused.

ladymacbeth April 1, 2009 at 11:49 pm

[re=279165]Mr Blifil[/re]: what is with you today? i think i am in love.

Capricatony April 1, 2009 at 11:53 pm

I could have sword Prince Phillip was tall. What cute little gnomes the royals are.

Custerwolf April 2, 2009 at 12:37 am

Today we are all queens.

assistant/atlas April 2, 2009 at 2:50 am

Sometimes, the only thing one can muster is…


DC Hates Me April 2, 2009 at 3:00 am

CNN really has become the TMZ star fucker news channel. I saw this last week. This is how the professionals report news:

CNN’s T.J. Holmes laughing with convicted rapper TI about his long criminal record (second clip): “T.I. talks before sentence”

assistant/atlas April 2, 2009 at 3:01 am

Seriously, though, if anyone needs me I’ll be plotting a takeover of CNN.

Ted Turner is fucking around with buffaloes in Nebraska, he’ll never notice.

!Viva la revolucion!*

Bring pitchforks.

*My keyboard only writes in American. Sorry, Fidel.

pertello April 2, 2009 at 5:33 am

I don’t want to get all Miss Manners here, but shouldn’t the First Lady, upon meeting the Queen of England, refer to her husband as “The President”? as in “The President has been caught up in meetings”?. I would think that, even though they are married and intimate, this would be the proper formal way to refer to the President of the United States.

gurukalehuru April 2, 2009 at 6:22 am

Actually, I kind of used to enjoy Richard Quest’s breathlessly enthusiastic style when he was doing travel programs, and his getting busted in Central Park for being insanely weird only made me like him more.
If he weren’t working for such a war-mongering neo-con tool network, trying to be the new Jim Cramer, he might not actually be so odious.
It ain’t how you say it, Dickie boy, it’s what you say, in the end, that counts.

Woodwards Friend April 2, 2009 at 10:09 am

B. Hussein Obama totally loves the Queen because he born a secret Muslin the Commonwealth nation of Kenya!!!!!!!

Inadequate Blackmail April 2, 2009 at 1:02 pm

I had no idea Chrissie Hynde was doing the news. Figured she’d at least sprinkle a “fuck” in there somewhere.

NebraskashireGentry April 2, 2009 at 1:55 pm

DVDs and iPods?!

a rather presumptuous gift when you don’t know if the Queen even has ears under those hats.

has America never heard of books, gilded pill boxes or John Deere hats?

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