Sunday, September 01, 2013

Classless and Disrespectful

The desk in the Oval Office is called the Resolute Desk. It is so-named because it was built from the timbers of HMS Resolute, a British ship. A plaque on the front reads:

H.M.S. RESOLUTE forming part of the expedition sent in search of SIR JOHN FRANKLIN IN 1852, was abandoned in latitude 74 degrees 41 minutes N longitude 101 degrees 22 minutes W on 15th May 1854. She was discovered and extricated in September 1855 in latitude 67 degrees N by Captain Buddington of the United States Whaler "GEORGE HENRY."

The ship was purchased, fitted out and sent to England as a gift to HER MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA by the PRESIDENT AND PEOPLE of the UNITED STATES as a token of goodwill & friendship. This table was made from her timbers when she was broken up, and is presented by the QUEEN OF GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND to the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES as a memorial of the courtesy and loving kindness which dictated the offer of the gift of the "RESOLUTE."

Unfortunately, the current occupant of the White House doesn't have much respect for history or tradition:

That is an official White House photo. Not only do they lack class and respect, they don't know even realize it, or worse, are proud of it.


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