Sunday, August 24, 2014 marked the 200th anniversary of the burning of Washington - including the White House - by the British in the War of 1812.
The Brits celebrated the event in a very, um, interesting way with this tweet from the British Embassy in D.C.:
Commemorating the 200th anniversary of burning the White House. Only sparklers this time! pic.twitter.com/QIDBQTBmmL
— British Embassy (@UKinUSA) August 24, 2014
When I first saw that tweet I was like, Excuse me?!
I mean, who bakes a cake to celebrate burning down another country's capital in that country's capital?! How rude!
Then I was all, Whatever, I can't hear you over the sound of my FREEDOM:
Then, I imagined British General Robert Ross saying to U.S. President James Madison in the ashes of the White House, "You know, in 200 years we're going to look back on this and LAUGH!" and Madison punching him in the face:
But finally, I was like, Ok, UK, we've had this special relationship for 2 centuries now and we've been through a couple world wars together, we're cool:
I know it wasn't serious, but apparently the Embassy thought too many people took it that way and they apologized for the tweet:
Apologies for earlier Tweet. We meant to mark an event in history & celebrate our strong friendship today http://t.co/gs3heJDMzt
— British Embassy (@UKinUSA) August 25, 2014
Haha, all's well that ends well.
Originally posted at The Political Insider: http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/british-embassy-washington-trolls-white-house/