Obama makes light of royal toast blunder

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President Obama on Wednesday made light of an awkward moment during his Tuesday night dinner with Queen Elizabeth (watch above), when, in the middle of his toast, the orchestra began playing "God Save the Queen."

Mr. Obama, who spoke through the music and finished his toast to the Queen, joked to British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg that he thought the orchestra was providing his speech with dramatic accompaniment.

"I thought that it was like, it was like out of the movies when the soundtrack kinda comes in," President Obama quipped to Clegg, of the interruption.

"Like a crescendo," Clegg laughed. "A voiceover."

"I thought you did exactly the right thing," Clegg assured Mr. Obama. (watch his comments at left)

Last night was not Mr. Obama's only minor gaffe in England yesterday: When signing the guest book at Westminster Abbey, the president accidentally wrote the date as "24 May 2008."