Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Melbourne, VIC.
Re: How do Brits feel about Obamas' visit?
The curtseying/no manhandling thing seems to be drifting out of fashion, I doubt the Queen really cares too much. Here Obama's gift of some DVDs to Brown when he had been given some rather special gifts was seen as a gaffe, which I would tend to agree with.
Similarly giving the Queen an iPod seems a bit strange, though she is fairly tech-savvy, using digital cameras (Leica M8 I believe...) and a PC. Prince Philip also uses the Net - and drives a black cab incognito in London to avoid the congestion charge.
There is a rumour that Obama is not keen on the UK owing to its colonial past with reference to Kenya, and apparently he couldn't get the loaned bust of Churchill out of the Oval Office quickly enough, but who knows.
I do like him and have read his books, but he seems reluctant or more likely unable to change the status quo/establishment in certain areas - e.g. the absurd UK-US extradition scenario where a UK citizen can be extradited over there with barely any evidence (e.g. the guy here with Asperger's Syndrome being sought for allegedly hacking into the Pentagon), while for the reverse to happen would need **** to freeze over. I blame our guys for allowing that more than the US.
But then again the US wants everyone to sign up to the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague - but refuses to sign up to it itself, which is very hypocritical.