Obama Gave Brown Unplayable DVDs
You can’t make this stuff up:
While not exactly a film buff, Gordon Brown was touched when Barack Obama gave him a set of 25 classic American movies — including Psycho, starring Anthony Perkins on his recent visit to Washington.
Alas, when the PM settled down to begin watching them the other night, he found there was a problem.
The films only worked in DVD players made in North America and the words “wrong region” came up on his screen. Although he mournfully had to put the popcorn away, he is unlikely to jeopardise the special relationship — or “special partnership”, as we are now supposed to call it — by registering a complaint.
A Downing Street spokesman said he was “confident” that any gift Obama gave Brown would have been “well thought through,” but referred me to the White House for assistance on the “technical aspects”.
It’s like the Special Olympics or something.
In all seriousness, it’s not like heads of government purchase these gifts themselves. Obviously, someone on Obama’s staff screwed this up. And, really, who can blame them? They’re busy with more important matters like vetting cabinet picks, keeping track of where the bailout money is going, and stuff like that.