May 25, 2011: Talk about the heavy hand of the "political world".
President Obama just began proposing a toast to the Queen, Elizabeth II, when the orchestra accidentally struck up "God Save The Queen". Rather than pausing and continuing the speech after the music had stopped, Mr. Obama pressed on. "He was rebuffed by the Queen..." when he raised his glass to complete the toast. Notice the Queen didn't even bring the glass to her lips (and neither did the President).
After the incident this is the official stance by BBC News:
"President Obama has joked that a musical mistake during his toast to the Queen was ‘like a soundtrack' to his speech.
The US president lightheartedly told Deputy Prime Ministerthat he thought it added a film-like crescendo to his words.
The string orchestra of the Scots Guard mistakenly began playing the British national anthem before the president had finished his address during a banquet at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday night.
Mr Obama carried on talking over the start of God Save The Queen and raised his glass to the Queen before the music had finished.
However, the Queen did not appear to be offended and thanked the leader for his ‘very
kind' words" (BBC News - Response 5/25)
Perhaps it was all done in keeping with the highest of etiquette. But, you can bet that "the news" will be having some fun with this one for a while. But what would you have done?
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Sources: YouTube, BBC News. FOX News