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Obama Sure Has A Sexy Singing Voice

We always knew that he was ultra suave, but Barack Obama definitely added to his sex appeal a few days ago at a New York fundraising event, where  he sang a few bars of Al Green’s mega hit Let’s Stay Together.  Based on that beautiful crooner’s voice alone, I think he merits a second term in office.

This is the video……


Obama’s Royal Toast Faux Pas

So the print and visual media, on both sides of the pond, have had a field day over President Obama’s royal toast faux pas during the recent state banquet at Buckingham Palace.

President Obama had hardly finished his toast speech to the Queen when the orchestra of the Scots Guard prematurely began playing God Save The Queen.  The President continued with his toast speech and breached royal protocol by speaking over the national anthem. When he raised his glass to the Queen, while the anthem was playing, Her Majesty did not respond.

Although the president later remarked that he thought the national anthem was a “soundtrack to his speech,” some have criticised him saying he should know better. On the other hand, strangely enough, some of our American cousins take the view that the Queen’s snub of President Obama’s toast is a snub of the American people. Okay, the U.S. is a former British colony, but it’s not as if Americans are still British subjects. Anyway, let’s press on.

Adhering to royal protocol may not always be easy for those who do not normally mingle in royal circles. There are far too many complex points of etiquette to remember. Nevertheless, our American cousins should understand that political clout, power or money does not exempt foreign dignitaries, visiting Buckingham Palace, from observing royal protocols.

Those of us who do not ordinarily move in royal circles are more prone to royal protocol gaffes when in the presence of royalty. Members of the Royal Family generally ignore such gaffes when they do occur. Quite ironically, it is the media and, sometimes, a few royal courtiers, who take offence when these gaffes do happen.

I remember vividly my first meeting with the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2002. I practiced my curtsy extensively the day before and I hardly slept that night from worrying. To hold me in good stead, I sought advice on royal etiquette from some royal courtiers I knew professionally. The pointers given to me included the following:

  • how to curtsy correctly;
  • to address the Queen initially as “Your Majesty and then “Ma’am;”
  • to shake the Queen only if she extends her hand to me, and then to shake her gently;
  • not to wear a trouser suit as the Queen does not like them on females;
  • not to wear over-powering perfume;
  • not to stare at the Queen’s jewellery;
  • not to speak until I am spoken to; and
  • not to turn my back on the Queen.

Incidentally, I was too nervous to remember any of the cues when I was presented to the Queen. My curtsy wasn’t deep enough and my legs almost gave way under me. As I couldn’t remember which to use first, “Ma’am” or “Your Majesty,” I simply used both interchangeably. What’s more, I stuttered through the first half of my conversation with the Queen before finally gaining my composure. Thankfully, my breach of royal etiquette, which was down to nerves, didn’t receive any airtime. More importantly, the Queen didn’t seem perturbed by my exhibition.

Now back to President Obama. Even when you park royal protocol to one side, one would expect President Obama, as Commander-in-chief of the U.S. Armed Forces, to know that it is wrong to speak over any national anthem.

So far, two official visits to Buckingham Palace and two breaches of royal protocol. Hopefully it will be third time lucky for the Obamas.

The CNN video clip below shows the breach of protocol and the subsequent reactions from the media.

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Somebody’s Got to Say It:(3) “Birthers” Get A Life!

“All philosophies, if you ride them home, are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others.” – Samuel Butler

Only in America, the land of propaganda and fairy tales, does a rather silly story develop, engulfing the entire nation as it snowballs. I guess the chickens do need to come home to roost sometimes.

Anyway, a few days ago, while surfing on the Internet I happened upon a recent Donald Trump interview, where he was basically questioning Barack Obama’s birth credentials and his eligibility to be US president.  According to Trump, no one seems to remember Obama from Hawaii – where he was born –  which could imply that Obama was not born in the US.

At the time, I thought Trump was simply trying to whip up momentum and interest for his own political ambitions, so I dismissed these comments as no more than mere castles in the sky. But hey, I was wrong.

This ludicrous allegation appears to be a big issue in the US.  A telephone poll carried out by Wenzel Strategies in mid March shows that 77% of Americans are aware of the saga over Obama’s birth credentials. In fact, 61% of Independents, 58% of Republicans and 13% of Democrats want Obama to prove he is eligible to be president by virtue of being born in the US.

Those who hold with this conspiracy theory are known as the “birthers” and they believe that Obama’s birth certificate is fake, that he was born in Kenya and that he does not qualify to be US president.  There are a number of websites promoting this rather absurd theory, including a Facebook fan page.

I think Obama, for his part, has remained dignified amid this political farce, sometimes joking about the idea.  As the African adage goes, you laugh about things you cannot cry over. Despite Obama’s dignified handling of the situation, this saga is ludicrous, a waste of time, and tantamount to campaigning after the election.

Considering the historic significance of Obama’s election win in 2008, he would never have made it to the White House on suspect credentials. It’s most certain that US intelligence agencies would have gone over Obama’s  background with a fine-toothed comb before he became president.   Or are the birthers suggesting that US intelligence agencies botched what should have been a fairly routine check?

Okay, maybe this conspiracy theory started off as a campaign rhetoric in the run-up to the 2008 elections, but for God’s sake, Obama is now over two years into his presidency and there are far more important things to deal with than this political birth-obsessed nonsense.

There is a critical situation in Japan, which has not only claimed the lives of between 10,000 – 20,000 people, but also poses significant future environmental risks. There is also an alarming political situation in the Middle East, which could change the political dynamics of the region for years to come. Furthermore, the US foreign policy of “my enemy’s enemy is my friend” is causing more world conflicts, than the US cares to admit.  In the same breath, we cannot forget the US-led war on terrorism, which seems to be a toxic investment yielding no plausible return at the moment, apart from creating more US animosity. So how can this baseless conspiracy theory take pride of place over more serious matters affecting humanity?

I am, however, somewhat relieved that not all Americans are awash with this nonsense. In the wake of Donald Trump’s recent comments, former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, made the following remarks about Obama:

“He’s born in the United States, I don’t see any real question about that, and even if some people have some doubts in the back of their minds it’s really too late and futile. … We have so many more important things to talk about.”

Thank you Rudy!  Birthers, get a life !  Stop propaganda wars ! Somebody’s surely got to say it.

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