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Obama Courts G-20 With Star Power, iPod

By Ben Pershing
Hours before Washingtonians even woke up this morning, President Obama had already huddled with the president of South Korea in London to discuss how the two countries will approach an upcoming missile launch by North Korea. Later today comes G-20 plenary sessions and individual meetings with the leaders of Saudi Arabia and India. It's all in a day's summitry for a president who is said to be "wowing London" with his "star power."

But all the charisma in the world might not be enough to produce the agreement that Obama and many of his fellow leaders seek out of the London gathering. France and Germany keep pushing for new global financial rules that might never fly in the United States, while Obama warned the world Wednesday not to expect U.S. consumers will continue to drive the world's economy as much as they have in the past. Leaders have reportedly agreed today to give more money to the International Monetary Fund, but can Obama persuade his peers to do more? Perhaps he can order up some instant advice from his secret advisory panel of behavioral scientists.

Apparently Michelle Obama and Queen Elizabeth II got along well during their meeting yesterday, to the point that the first lady breached royal protocol by actually daring to touch the queen's back, or something like that. The president also found time to give the queen an iPod with, it has been mockingly noted, some of his own speeches downloaded. Perhaps he should have given her the new U2 album, or the Washington Post's Politics Podcast. (Her Majesty probably already subscribes.)

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Posted at 8:21 AM ET on Apr 2, 2009  | Category:  The Rundown
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"The president also found time to give the queen an iPod with, it has been mockingly noted, some of his own speeches downloaded."

Um...I'm not sure that's true: it's been reported in the Post (and elsewhere) today that the iPod contained footage and photos of the Queen's trip to Richmond, Jamestown, and Williamsburg.

Not exactly a federal case; just putting that out there.

Posted by: owl1 | April 3, 2009 12:09 PM

"or something like that"---Cute, since we Yanks have never much cared for British reserve, but inaccurate. Protocol was NOT breached because Queenie touched FLOTUS first. According to no less than Buck Palace, once the Queen touches you, you get to touch the Queen. Though you probably shouldn't respond to the queenly touch by slapping her on the back or anything.
Also, the upgrade in the ipod was nice, but in addition our Prez gave the Queen a signed songbook by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Posted by: elizabeth12 | April 2, 2009 4:20 PM

TO: TreasSec Geithner (staff, please forward)

cc: AG Holder; SecDef Gates; SecDHS Napolitano

Mr. Secretary: Is it possible that secret programs and policies of the federal government -- including Treasury -- helped sabotage family finances, leading to the mortgage meltdown that triggered the crisis?

Please consider the following:



* Silent, covert microwave radiation weapons (D.E.W.) assaults on innocent but "targeted" U.S. citizens;

* Terroristic vigilante community gang stalking fronted by federal volunteer programs, surreptitious home entry, police-tolerated vandalism;

* Secret federal "programs of personal financial destruction" that have used the IRS as an ideological tool of "social cleansing."

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 2, 2009 9:54 AM

very phunny - the queen with a podcast of Post Politics. I enjoy your humor. give us more of it.

Posted by: nancyjeanmail | April 2, 2009 9:02 AM

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