Monday, August 25, 2014

Burning the White House

Are you aware that we've been going through the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 without anybody noticing? Well, Americans haven't been noticing, but I understand that our Canadian cousins have been taking note of it, because they came sort of close to not being Canada for awhile there. Of course, maybe we came close to being forcibly readmitted to the British Empire, too, so maybe we should pay more attention to it. You know, Andy Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans? The Star-Spangled Banner? Maybe we're just too busy admiring Obama's golf game.

Well, as you can see from the illustration, the Brits sort of remember it, and at the British Embassy in Washington they had an ill-advised celebration of the burning of the White House. Note that they got the flag wrong. Not that many stars 200 years ago. Anyhow, the next time the place burns, I'm sure we can burn it down ourselves without any help. Silly Brits. They should have just remained silent and crumpled their crumpets quietly.  The whole story from the Daily Mail:


Embassy Tweeted a photo of a White House cake surrounded by sparklers
On August 24, 1814, British troops occupied Washington for 26 hours
It is the only time in history that the US capital has been invaded

By TOM MCTAGUE, MAILONLINE DEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR

British diplomats in the US have been forced to apologise after revealing they were hosting a party to celebrate the anniversary of the burning of the White House.

The British Embassy in Washington held a ‘White House barbeque’ yesterday to mark the two hundredth anniversary of Britain capturing the US capital and setting fire to the President’s iconic address.

The Embassy even sent a message on Twitter from its official account with a photograph of a White House cake, flanked by British and American flags and surrounded by sparkler fireworks.

A caption accompanying the photograph, revealed by the Telegraph newspaper today, read: ‘Commemorating the 200th anniversary of burning the White House. Only sparklers this time!’

Three hours later, after receiving dozens of angry replies from Americans on Twitter, the Embassy issued an apology.

A message explained: ‘We meant to mark an event in history & celebrate our strong friendship today.’

(Read the whole thing, and see more illustrations, and learn the history of it all, HERE.)

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