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The Queen’s New iPod

Those of us working yesterday at the Heritage Foundation, upon discovering the news the President of the United States gave the Queen of England a piece of Chinese-made technology (by women on a salary of $50 a month no less) available at any big-box store in the Western world, sort of took the adult route.

We started a contest to suggest a better idea.

After we had our laughs and pondered how the Left would try to defend another round of poorly thought up gifts by the Obama Administration to the British Government and/or Head of State (Chris, Merkel? Puh-lease!  Hell, at least you’re trying.  Andrew Sullivan of course, defended his man-crush.  Not sure if it’s better if next time you just shut up and let him take his PR hit like a man.), started asking what seemed to be the logical questions most Americans were asking themselves after the cringe-inducing moment subsided.

1) That wasn’t the only thing was it?

No, there included a 1952 signed songbook from Richard Rogers, of “Rogers and Hart” and “Rogers and Hammerstein” fame.  He wrote all the music to musicals like “Oklahoma,” “The King and I,” and “The Sound of Music” – a rather legitimate gift to give royalty.

1a) Why didn’t he just stop with the Rogers songbook since nothing is more American than “the musical?”

You got me there.

2) President Obama’s made no secret he loves Hollywood and Hollywood loves him, how did he not hire those people who make the gift baskets for award ceremonies like “The Oscars,” to do these things?

Yeah, that put many people at a loss for a minute or two.  The gift basket for last month’s Academy Awards was rumored to be valued at over $100,000 per basket.

3) What’s on the iPod?

Yeah we snickered at the photos of her 2007 visit being programmed into it.  She’s the Queen, she’s probably got a set already from her own photographer.  He or she no doubt sat next to the official White House photographer during most of the ceremonies.

I personally joked that if he gave a songbook, would Broadway songs be on it.  They were.

The speeches (2004 DNC Convention Speech, 2009 Inauguration) from the man himself.  That’s just…wow.

4) Jonah Goldberg was joking about his take, right?

Yes.  As of the time he wrote it, it was clearly an April Fools’ joke.

God then smiled on him.

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  • You are aware of course that the queen actually requested the iPod, right?

    How rude to give a requested gift like that!

  • I’m shocked Media Matters had to go to Fox News to get an answer like that.

    Must have hurt on some level.

  • Do people actually believe the Queen of England couldn’t buy an iPod with a screen if she really wanted one? I know the monarchy has been stripped of all their powers, but apple.com sells them for £175…