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Will the Royal wedding date depend on Obama?


I love this exchange from a press briefing with White House spokesman Robert Gibbs. Particularly the reporter’s final thought on the subject.

Also, would William and Catherine really arrange their wedding date around Barack Obama’s travel schedule?

From the White House briefing:

Q    As you know, Robert, not only Buckingham Palace but all of Great Britain and quite a bit of the U.S. media is aflutter with the coming wedding —

Q    Are you aflutter?

Q    Speak for yourself, man.  (Laughter.)

MR. GIBBS:  You should see me — if this is aflutter, you should see when I’m not.  (Laughter.)

Q    I may have.  Anyway — thank you.  The question is, what would the President — what sage advice, having a successful marriage, would the President offer — (laughter) — or maybe even yourself — in terms of — (laughter) — or any official statement?

MR. GIBBS:  Let me say this.  I don’t have —

Q    And I have a follow-up.  (Laughter.)

MR. GIBBS:  I’m not going to impart — I don’t know what the President would say.

Q    Best wishes?

Q    Did he call?

MR. GIBBS:  Well, I would say — he’s not made any calls — obviously would wish them well, best wishes.  But I have not heard a lot of discussion.

Q    Just a quick follow-up?

Q    Do you like the ring?  (Laughter.)

Q    Believe it or not, there’s questions in Great Britain as to when the exact date would be — spring, summer — and there are some questions about, it would depend on when the President  and First Lady may be coming to accept Her Majesty the Queen’s invitation this coming spring/summer.  Is there any thought to that, when that might be?

MR. GIBBS:  I can look for guidance on the schedule but I have not heard from —

Q    See what we have to do to make a living in this business?

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