The PJ Tatler

Obama proves inadvertently inspiring

Bryan, I’m not sure how much of that botched toast was Obama’s fault – it seemed to me that the band thought “To her majesty the Queen” was the extent of Obama’s toast, and started up too soon. Whatever, I thought he rescued it pretty well – in fact, speaking as an Englishman I found the spectacle of Obama quoting Shakespeare, his voice soaring above the opening bars of God Save the Queen as he struggled to make himself heard, rather stirring. Which would make this the first time an Obama speech has left me anything other than cold or enraged.