Via Sullivan. Some Brit columnist is gumming up a fuss because the Obamas didn’t show PM Gordon Brown and his wife a good time. Michelle gave the Brown kids toy models of Marine One, which is the helicopter the president flies around in. The choice makes the columnist angry:


It’s not as though anyone needs reminding that Barack Obama is President or that he has his own helicopter. Short of giving the boys Action Man models of her own husband smiting the evil forces of neoconservatism, Mrs Obama’s gesture could not have been more solipsistic or more inherently dismissive of Mrs Brown.

We must not be inherently dismissive of Mrs. Brown.