Monday, August 25, 2014

No Regrets

On August 24th, 1814, British troops set the American capital Washington ablaze including the presidential mansion that would be known as the White House in retaliation for the burning of York (now Toronto).

This shell would be painted white and then occupied by a total putz who returned the bust of Sir Winston Churchill.

There is nothing to regret:

The British Embassy in Washington DC has been forced to apologise after attracting the the ire of some Americans by tweeting a photograph of a cake celebrating the anniversary of the burning of the White House. 
Sent from the official Embassy twitter account, @UKinUSA, the tweet showed a cake with a perfect miniature reproduction of the White House on top, flanked by British and American flags and surrounded by sparkler fireworks. 
The caption accompanying the photograph read: “Commemorating the 200th anniversary of burning the White House. Only sparklers this time!”

(Sidebar: why? Aren't they incendiary enough?)

Don't apologise, Britain. It's not like you returned the bust of Sir Winston Churchill or anything.

Canada: we won the War of 1812. Just deal with it.


Anonymous said...

"There is nothing to regret"

Damn straight. That's just how war is. It's not like anyone who returned to London did the work. Plus it's not like the Americans ever apologised for sacking York (and that was when it was a *nice* place to live).

Then again, we did blow up the fort ourselves in one of the most bas@$$ examples of Scorched Earth ever, and sent them limping back across to Rochester, where they were greeted with the question "did you hear that explosion?"

~Your Brother~

Osumashi Kinyobe said...

Canada At War: When We Kicked @$$.

Make that into a book with the option for movie rights.