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Announcer: Welcome back to The David Pakman Show.
David: Back on The David Pakman Show. So much to talk about today, Louis. I was watching...
I was sent this hilarious video of... the title of the video is Queen Humiliates President
Obama at Buckingham Palace by Refusing a Toast, Obama's on this tour that included going to
Ireland, he's in England, he's all over the place. And I saw the video, and it's really
pretty funny. We'll play the audio and the video if you're watching on TV.
The gist of it is that President Obama is offering a toast to the queen and everybody's
standing there very formally, and then "God Saves the Queen" starts playing. And from
all appearances, my best guess is that it was not supposed to start playing exactly
at that point. I guess that the etiquette is that when that happens, everybody stands
and stands at attention, that you don't offer a toast or keep talking, but Obama I guess
didn't know this, OK? So he just continued on with the toast, and then when he tried
to toast, you know, cheer to the queen, she ignored it. This is basically the situation.
It's so awkward, it's very... even if this isn't exactly the way it happened, it's one
of the most awkward videos I've seen. So let's just play it. It's very interesting. So let's
just play it. It's very interesting.
And I don't know what... hold on a second, Louis. Let's get this straight here. That...
Louis: Yeah. Let's not play our own show on your computer while we're live.
David: Why am I... I don't know why... I seem to be hearing my own voice. I'm listening
to the show on a five-second delay, just to hear how it sounds. OK, here we go. Let's
start it up again. Obama.
Barack Obama: ... Elizabeth's lifetime of extraordinary service to her nation and to
the world. Ladies and gentlemen, please stand with me and raise your glasses as I propose
David: [Laughs] Here we go.
Obama: To her majesty, the Queen.
["God Save the Queen" plays]
To the vitality of the special relationship between our peoples, and in the words of Shakespeare,
to this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. To the Queen.
David: So now he turns, tries to cheers her, she just looks at him and keeps looking straight
forward. She's barely moving at this point. And then Obama just stands there and looks
around now. And the song continues. Everybody's just standing still.
You know, I really can't... whatever it is that happened here, honestly, when people
have nothing to do all day, protocol and etiquette really becomes like the only thing they care
about. You really have too much time on your hands if your entire life is consumed by etiquette
and which side is the queen's bag on, and don't touch the queen, and don't look at the
queen... I don't know.
Louis: And don't do anything when they play "God Save the Queen".
David: And when "God Save the Queen" comes on, I mean, you can't do anything. The BBC
didn't mention the gaffe at all, and then ITV did mention it, but they didn't show the
president's face after the snub. Now, if you were just watching that video, you saw that
Obama looked a little bit shaken up by it. I mean, he seemed shell-shocked, almost.
David: It's time to get rid of this nonsense queen situation. "God Save the Queen" and
you look at the queen, he turns, he's bowing to her. What is going on here, Louis? What
is going on?
Louis: The queen doesn't even do anything.
Louis: The queen does nothing.
David: You know what it reminds me of? It just seems so... what's the term I'm looking
for? It's just so cheesy when the music... the way it happened, even though I guess the
music playing was some kind of an accident, or maybe it was that because the queen stood,
when she stands, the song starts. I mean, come on. It reminds me as if I was just talking
during the show and then all of a sudden, music starts up, you know, that... so if I...
I mean, I don't know.
Louis, it's been a long five years for the show, and we've come a long way, a lot of
things have happened.
["Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D" plays]
And I really am here today to say that we have a long way to go as well. And it's a
great team that we have here. We've had a lot of interviews. And I would like to propose
that the show continue for another five years.
You know, I mean, when the music just starts up, there's something very cheesy about it.
That's the way it came off, even if it was an accident.
Louis: Yeah, well, if there's anyone listening over there, let us know how you feel about
David: I get emails from some of our listeners in England, and a lot of them love the queen,
they really do.
Louis: I mean, I can see from like a tradition standpoint it being a nice thing, the Royal
Family, and all...
David: They also say that it brings in more money than it costs in tourism to maintain
the Royal Family, so that it's actually worth it for the country. That's the economic argument.
Louis: And that might be the only reason they keep it going?
David: It would be a pretty silly reason.
Then Obama also in Ireland. His great, great, great grandfather apparently from Ireland.
But you know what? He had the audacity to go there and not even bring his great, great,
great grandfather's birth certificate. If you're going to go to Ireland and say that
your great, great, great grandfather is from there, you'd better have that long-form birth
certificate with you, Louis, because otherwise, we're just-- we have to take him at his word.
And I'm not willing to do that. I don't know about you.
Louis: You know, I haven't really thought about it.
David: OK, good. Well, thank you, Louis.
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