Thursday, June 25, 2009

Miss Manners 1, Obama Administration 0

Who didn't see this coming?

It was an attempt by President Obama to reach out to Iran with a classically American invitation: celebrate July 4 with hot dogs and hale fellowship at United States embassies worldwide. Now, hot-dog diplomacy is the latest casualty of the bloody clashes in Tehran.

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who had authorized diplomatic posts earlier this month to invite Iranians to their Independence Day parties, sent out a cable rescinding the invitations.

“Unfortunately, circumstances have changed, and participation by Iranian diplomats would not be appropriate in light of the unjust actions that the president and I have condemned,” she said. Embassies that had already invited Iranian diplomats were instructed to disinvite them.

Well, good for the administration, though it comes much, much later than it should have -- and actually rescinding the invitations should never have had to occur as the invitations should never have been sent.

But notice that the disinvitation to the Iranian diplomats sounds eerily similar to the hypothetical example of a Presidential disinvitation in Miss Manners' Guide to Excrutiatingly Correct Behavior that we shared in a previous post, which read:

MR. AND MRS. JONATHAN R. AWFUL, II
129 PRIMROSE PATH
BROOKDALE, CONNECTICUT

THE PRESIDENT AND MRS. EAGLE REGRET THAT HIS
MAJESTY HANDSOME V WILL BE UNABLE TO VISIT
THE UNITED STATES AT THIS TIME BECAUSE OF THE
REVOLUTIONARY CIRCUMSTANCES NOW EXISTING IN
MAGICLAND. THEREFORE THE DINNER IN HIS HONOR
AT THE WHITE HOUSE ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7,
2005, HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

THE SOCIAL SECRETARY THE WHITE HOUSE

Nobody messes with Miss Manners.





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