The British apologize for celebrating 1814 White House burning anniversary @ Embassy.


B00Mer
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British Embassy forced to apologize after throwing White House burning anniversary party



The British Embassy in Washington, DC was forced to issue an apology over the weekend after a social media post celebrating the 200-year anniversary of the burning of the White House raised eyebrows across the web.

On Sunday, the official @UKinUSA Twitter account reminded its online audience that 200 years to the day earlier, British troops marched the streets of the United States capital and eventually scorched the president's Pennsylvania Avenue home.

“Commemorating the 200th anniversary of burning the White House,” reads part of the message sent from the Twitter account on Sunday. “Only sparklers this time!”



Along with the text reminder, the embassy account also attached a photograph of a cake adorned with a mock-up of the White House, indeed with blazing sparklers included, taken near a glistening swimming pool. According to the Daily Mail, the Embassy had earlier acknowledged it would be hosting a 'White House BBQ’ to mark the anniversary of the "rather unfortunate event in UK/US relations."

By Monday the posting had been retweeted more than 4,000 times, and managed to attract the attention of Marie Harf, a spokesperson for the US State Department.

“The difference 200 years can make in foreign relations: 8/24/1814: #ItsComplicated vs 8/24/2014: #SpecialRelationship,” Harf responded.



Just as quickly, the @UkinUSA account issued an explanation of its own as more and more irate American Twitter followers questioned the tweet.

“Apologies for earlier Tweet. We meant to mark an event in history & celebrate our strong friendship today,” it read, along with a link to a recent editorial authored by the embassy's deputy head of mission, Patrick Davies.

“Needless to say, we've put the events of August 1814 far behind us,” Davies insists in the op-ed, which was originally published by Huffington Post on Friday last week.

Nevertheless, the social media snafu managed to make waves and by early Monday had earned itself headlines on both sides of the pond.

“So much for water under the bridge,” National Public Radio's Eyder Perlanta jested in a post published Monday.

Yet others, like Jeffrey Goldberg, a correspondent for The Atlantic, suggested that the embassy should have stood their ground instead of retreating.

“V[ery] annoying that the British embassy (@UKinUSA) felt pressured into apologizing for a funny tweet. Stand behind your jokes, Britannia!” he tweeted.”

The 1814 burning of the White House was the only time that the US capital was ever invaded, and forced then-President James Madison to flee his home with his wife, Dolley.

source: British Embassy forced to apologize after throwing White House burning anniversary party ? RT USA (external - login to view)

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Guess they shouldn't give ISIS any Ideas

p.s. Happy 200th on Burning Down the White House...

 
Tecumsehsbones
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It's OK. Client states are permitted to be nostalgic.

"Let them hate, so long as they fear."

--Gaius Caligula
 
Zipperfish
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Canada would also like to apologize for the ***-kicking delierved to teh Americans in the War of 1812.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Canada would also like to apologize for the ***-kicking delierved to teh Americans in the War of 1812.

Think nothing of it. We find our current utter dominance of Canada takes away the sting.
 
EagleSmack
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Canada would also like to apologize for the ***-kicking delierved to teh Americans in the War of 1812.

Did you get that sign hung up yet?
 
Zipperfish
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Think nothing of it. We find our current utter dominance of Canada takes away the sting.

Sure. That's what we let you think. You've heard of the secret Zioinst conpsiracy? Well, I bet you haven't heard of the super-secret Canadian one. Sure, you may have taken out John Candy, but Justin Bieber is still active.

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Did you get that sign hung up yet?

Fact: During the War of 1812, the Canadian intelligence community referred to it as "Operation Eagle Smack."
 
EagleSmack
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How does it look?
 
lone wolf
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I think it's time the world grew a sense of humour
 
B00Mer
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I think it's time the world grew a sense of humour

 
Zipperfish
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How does it look?

Brightens up the whole room like a burning Whitehouse.
 
EagleSmack
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Brightens up the whole room like a burning Whitehouse.

But not as bright as burning York!
 
BaalsTears
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Canada has perpetrated a long series of atrocities against the American Republic. It started with Canadian participation in the burning of the White House and continues to this day in the form of things like Mad Cow Disease and Ashleigh Banfield.
 
Nuggler
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Canada has perpetrated a long series of atrocities against the American Republic. It started with Canadian participation in the burning of the White House and continues to this day in the form of things like Mad Cow Disease and Ashleigh Banfield.

to say nothing of Celine Dionne, or Avril Lavigne.
 
B00Mer
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to say nothing of Celine Dionne, or Avril Lavigne.

you forgot Justin Beaver and Ted Cruz.

 
Zipperfish
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to say nothing of Celine Dionne, or Avril Lavigne.

What's wrong with Avril Lavigne?



Nickelback, I could understand.
 
B00Mer
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Blackleaf
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HAPPY 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF A JOB WELL DONE!!!!



Disappointed, though, that we've had to apologise to the PC Brigade so that we don't "offend" the Americans. Who the f*ck are they to tell us that we can't ceebrate great moments in our history? Thankfully, this "apology" from the British Embassy is nothing of the sort. An apology is only an apology if you mean it.

Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post

It's OK. Client states are permitted to be nostalgic.

"Let them hate, so long as they fear."

--Gaius Caligula

Remember - you were the bad guys and the aggressors.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed winning five out of six single-ship engagements in the War of 1812.

And the Battle of Baltimore. And the Battle of New Orleans.
 
Blackleaf
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Hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed winning five out of six single-ship engagements in the War of 1812.

And the Battle of Baltimore.

I hope you enjoyed LOSING that war.

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And the Battle of New Orleans

Too little too late for you. We'd already won the war by then.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Remember - you were the bad guys and the aggressors.

Yep. We sure were. And our greatest historic mistake was making up with you. We should have pursued the Monroe Doctrine with deadly force and let your decayed aristocracies play their war games.

I do find it interesting, however, that a handful of American Twitter users express unhappiness, and officials of Her Majesty's Government instantly drop to their knees and start sucking.
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Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post

Yep. We sure were.

Yes, you really were.

The reasons for the war were: American imperialism, arrogance and inability to understand the loyalists.

The war began because of American expansionism: the "impressment" issue was a red herring (even today, the Americans believe the lie that the Royal Navy impressed Americans into service).

Because the Americans thought that Canada would join the US in an anti-British rebellion, and that Britain was in no position to prevent the US invasion of Canada because of the war with Napoleon.

The background was that Britain was in a life or death struggle with Napoleon, and that the War Hawks in the US could not understand why the Northern British American colonies did not join in the American Revolution. They just needed to find an excuse to annex Canada.

Luckily for them the US Navy provided them with one. The US Navy granted citizenship to any sailor who would join them. Many British sailors jumped ship, more for the better pay and lower chance of getting involved in military action, than for the chance of a new passport. The Royal Navy sought to prevent this breach of international law by stopping American ships and seizing any deserters they could find.

The US was incensed! "How dare the Royal Navy impress OUR sailors" they cried. As I said, even today Yanks still believe that the British impressed American sailors into the RN, even though the British were merely retrieving British sailors who had deserted to the US Navy.

The other excuse was provided by the war in Europe . The US was prevented from trading with Napoleonic France - normal behaviour in war-time, the US was attempting to trade arms and ammunition with the French.

The British were also imposing a ban on the slave trade - turning ships back to African ports, and releasing their human cargoes. "How dare the British interfere with free trade" the Americans shouted!

So off to war they went, burning York - the Canadian capital city, hoping that the Canadians would join them in fighting the British. Oh boy, were they mistaken. The Canadians had no desire to join the Americans, and fought them back, kicking them out of Canada, pushing them back to Washington, where the British burnt the White House. They marched on, towards the Gulf of Mexico. There was one moment of hope for the Americans - they won the battle of New Orleans (although that was two weeks after the peace treaty had been signed). However, just a few days later, the victory was soured, the Battle of Mobile was a rout. The Americans were comprehensively defeated.

In Britain the war was a sideshow, an irritation. The British, and Canadians, simply wanted the Americans to go back to their borders, and stop acting like children. Just in case they did try to continue the fight, over 10,000 battle hardened soldiers were about to embark for the New World - the Americans realised that if they landed, there was a real chance that the USA would cease to exist - the British might simply re-absorb it back into the empire. They called for peace - the British were magnanimous, they withdrew their troops from American soil: that was all they wanted.

The Americans have lied to themselves ever since that this humiliating defeat, one that nearly cost them the country, was either a draw or a victory.

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And our greatest historic mistake was making up with you. We should have pursued the Monroe Doctrine with deadly force and let your decayed aristocracies play their war games.

The Monroe doctrine was hypocritical at best - saying to Europe (not just Britain) that they shouldn't expand their empirical interests into South America so that the USA could create an empire by proxy in South America.

Of course,the tragic thing is that this sort of nonsense actually passes for history in America. You lot don't get taught what actually happened. You just get taught romantical, pro- American rubbish.

"Very little is known about the War of 1812, because the Americans lost it."
Eric Nicol, Canadian writer
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Tecumsehsbones
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Coming from a moron who thinks Britain won WWII all by its lonesome, that's pretty funny.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post

Coming from a moron who thinks Britain won WWII all by its lonesome, that's pretty funny.


It's actually the Yanks who think they won WWII singlehandedly.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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“To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.”

--Thomas Paine

BRITANNUS (shocked).
Caesar: this is not proper.

THEODOTUS (outraged).
How!

CAESAR (recovering his self-possession).
Pardon him. Theodotus: he is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.

--G.B. Shaw, Caesar and Cleopatra
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post

“To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.”

--Thomas Paine

BRITANNUS (shocked).
Caesar: this is not proper.

THEODOTUS (outraged).
How!

CAESAR (recovering his self-possession).
Pardon him. Theodotus: he is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.

--G.B. Shaw, Caesar and Cleopatra


 
captain morgan
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I wonder how the Monarchy would feel about Germany celebrating the onset of the bombing of Britain?
 
Blackleaf
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I wonder how the Monarchy would feel about Germany celebrating the onset of the bombing of Britain?

I don't think the royals would be too pleased if the Krauts had the audacity to celebrate the Blitz. The Germans have NOTHING to celebrate when it comes to WWII or WWI.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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I don't think the royals would be too pleased if the Krauts had the audacity to celebrate the Blitz. The Germans have NOTHING to celebrate when it comes to WWII or WWI.

Somehow I had the picture of Bazil Fawlty in the episode of "Fawlty Towers" "The Germans" and his monologue in the dining room come through my head. Then it occurred to me. You are Bazil Fawlty ... without the humour.
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

I don't think the royals would be too pleased if the Krauts had the audacity to celebrate the Blitz. The Germans have NOTHING to celebrate when it comes to WWII or WWI.

The Royals are Krauts.

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I hope you enjoyed LOSING that war.

We kicked the Brits butts.



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Too little too late for you. We'd already won the war by then.

But what a bonus azz kicking New Orleans was!
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

The Royals are Krauts.

The Queen was born to a Scottish mother in Mayfair.

Prince Philip the Greek was born into the Greek and Danish royal families and was born in Corfu, the son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg, the great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria.

Princess Anne, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward are English-Greek-Scots born in Clarence House, Buckingham Palace, Buckingham Palace and Buckingham Palace respectively.

Princes William and Harry were born to an English mother and English-Greek-Scottish father in St Mary's Hospital, London.

Prince George was born to an English mother and a mainly English father in St Mary's Hospital London.

That's the "German" royal family for you.


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We kicked the Brits butts.





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But what a bonus azz kicking New Orleans was!

Two weeks after the peace treaty had been signed and Britain had already won the war.

The fact that two Yanks have mentioned the "azz kicking in New Orleans" to me in the same thread on the same day is further proof that Yanks are taught revisionist "history" in school and genuinely believe eveything they have been told.
 
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