Obama aiming to reverse Queen Elizabeth’s Normandy ceremony snub

June 2nd, 2009 - 3:44 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama Washington, June 2(ANI): US President Barack Obama has expressed his desire to have Queen Elizabeth invited to the D-Day commemoration ceremony, that he will attend along with French President Nicolas Sarkozy on June 6 at Normandy in France.

The Queen is not part of the official guest list that has been announced. Being the only surviving head of state who served in World War II, she was snubbed after the French didn’t invited her in the list.

According to the Poitico.com, when asked if Obama believes Her Majesty should be officially invited, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters, “He does. And we are working with those involved to see if we can make that happen”

Earlier, Gibbs had brushed off a question about whether Obama could intervene on her behalf.

“We are not in charge of the guest list. I can assure you of that,” Gibbs had said.

However, this time around, Gibbs seems to have changed gears and now wants to make sure Obama’s pull for Her Majesty reaches Buckingham Palace. The American president will be among a host of veterans visiting Normandy for the events and official celebrations to commemorate the 6th of June, when Allied soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy during World War II. The occasion is celebrated every year. (ANI)

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