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Obama mocks that awkward moment he toasted Queen Elizabeth - alone

Video: Obama wasn’t deterred from continuing his toast by the British national anthem, but seems to have realised something was amiss when he was the only one raising his glass.
May 25th 2011, 10:15 PM 5,553 28

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama’s attempt to toast Queen Elizabeth at a special state function last night in Buckingham Palace palace went somewhat awry, resulting in some awkward glances from the British monarch.

After introducing his toast, Obama paused for effect – and that’s when the band cut in.

Apparently not one to be silenced by a national anthem, Obama continued speaking over the music, although the Queen may have been trying to give him a hint a few times by glancing over.

Then came a second (arguably, more) awkward moment, when Obama raised his glass – alone – before realising everyone else was waiting for the music to finish.

Meeting Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today, Obama made light of the toast mishap, saying: “It was like out of the movies, where the sound effect kind of comes in”.

Clegg responded by saying he thought the music had added a “crescendo” to his words.

- Additional reporting by the AP

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