Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Top 10 gift-giving excuses from Barack Obama

Last week, the British press was up in arms over the international relations gaffe Barack Obama committed while hosting Great Britain’s first couple.

The President presented Gordon Brown with a package of 25 classic DVDs as a gift. This after the visiting Prime Minister of America’s strongest ally gave Obama a thoughtful gift of a pen holder crafted from the timbers of the 19th century British warship HMS President -- whose sister ship, HMS Resolute, provided the wood for the Oval Office's desk.

As we have become accustomed, there is always an excuse at the ready for the American media to take at face value. Here at The Wit Hits the Fan, we have compiled a list to help those working in the West Wing Office of Excuse Making. So without further adieu:

Top 10 gift-giving excuses from Barack Obama:

10. What’s wrong with 25 DVDs as a gift? He thought they were great before he re-gifted them.
9. The Shamwow! wouldn’t have been delivered in time.
8. DVDs can be a vital public policy tool. The Titanic was the inspiration for Obama’s economic policy.
7. The White House gift shop was all out of Abe Lincoln beards.
6. It was a fiscally responsible gift. By giving the British Prime Minister 25 DVDs, he is saving their nation from potential late fees from Blockbuster.
5. Rush Limbaugh told him DVDs would be an appropriate gift.
4. They were in that socially awkward stage of their relationship. Is it too soon for roses and jewelry? Would lingerie be too presumptuous? Would a sweater say “I’m your ally, but not in that way?”
3. The President was caught off guard. He thought Brown, Putin, Ahmadinejad, Castro, and Kim Jong Il all agreed to draw names instead of buying a gift for everyone.
2. England is a long way away. Maybe ET and Star Wars haven’t made it to their theaters yet.
1. Maybe the UK should get the hint that Obama is just not that into them.

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