Dumb and Dumber
Obama’s silly gift to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the Best Buy collection of 25 classic American movies on DVD, drew a ton of abuse on blogs, as you would expect. Included among the slams was a suggestion that the president and his minions might not know that North American formatted DVDs would not play in Europe, and everybody had a good laugh at the joke that they could be so dumb.
Well, turns out it’s not so funny, because they really are that Clueless:
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.
Good thing we have sophisticated international travelers running things now, instead of those Texas yokels, huh?