Tags: Barack Obama | Obama | Queen Elizabeth | Toast | national anthem

Obama Flubs Etiquette in Toasting Queen Elizabeth

Wednesday, 25 May 2011 10:07 AM

By Newsmax Wires

Things didn’t go so smoothly for President Barack Obama when he offered a toast to England’s Queen Elizabeth at the Buckingham Palace Tuesday. He ended up being toast himself when he talked over the British national anthem during his salute to the queen.

As Obama finished his dinner remarks, he lifted his glass to honor the queen. “Ladies and gentlemen, please stand with me and raise your glasses as I propose a toast to her majesty, the queen,” the president said.

That’s when things started going awry. Guests indeed stood up, and the band started to play the anthem, “God Save the Queen.”

But Obama kept speaking. When the president lifted his glass at the end, no one else in the camera’s view matched him, and the queen appeared to give him a tense smile and looked forward.

Story continues below video.

Obama awkwardly placed his glass on the table until the anthem ended, and then the queen and others lifted their glasses to the toast.

A BBC commentator called it “a minor mishap,” but the queen’s reaction and her delaying her salute to the toast appeared to be her way of giving the president a lesson in toasting etiquette.

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Mali's Islamists Withdraw Cease-Fire Pledge

Friday, 04 Jan 2013 13:06 PM

Tens of thousands of Fatah supporters rallied in the Hamas stronghold of Gaza on Friday for the first time since they we . . .

Fmr. CIA Director Hayden: Iran Nuclear Crisis Gets 'Scarier'

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 18:11 PM

 . . .

Join Fmr. CIA Director for Special Iran Briefing, Assess the Danger

Friday, 13 Jul 2012 12:27 PM

 . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved