A British teenager has been banned from setting foot on American soil after he sent President Obama an abusive email while he was drunk.
The 17-year-old teen, Luke Angel, was far from angelic when he sent an email to Obama calling him a “pussy”, among other unsavoury things. Apparently he was drunk at the time, but that didn't stop the FBI from taking the matter very seriously.
The FBI got their hands on the message before Obama had a chance to read it and promptly called the UK police, who paid Angel a visit. They took his picture to keep on file and told him that he was now on a ban list, permanently prohibited from ever entering the US, but no charges were pressed.
The teen doesn't seem that fazed. When he was initially approached by the UK police he responded with: “Oh dear, it was me.” He later told Sky News: “I don't really care. My parents aren't very happy about it.” So much for the family vacation to Florida then.
Angel, who lives in Bedfordshire, contacted Obama after watching a television programme about the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre. We anticipate that some people will therefore blame TV for his behaviour, even after tripping over the beer cans.
Sending an abusive message to the President is apparently one of 60 different ways of getting banned from the US, but the US Department of Homeland Security declined to list the other 59. We expect other tanked up Brits will discover them over the years, if they haven't already.
We have it under not-so-good authority that Brits would put similar measures in place, but if they had to count up the abuse about Blair, Brown, Cameron and Clegg, the whole country would have to be exiled.
EyeSee - Phased is not fazed. Facepalms all round over here.