Guys, diplomacy is hard. I could never be a world leader because it’s impossible for me to make it through a meeting at my current job without cracking an inappropriate joke. Luckily, I work somewhere that doesn’t mind that I asked my boss why the office smells like Seis de Mayo all the time.* But if I asked that question of like, Vladamir Putin or Enrique Nieto, I’d probably cause a worldwide crisis. Maybe especially if I asked Enrique Nieto.
Which is why it’s so impressive that Governor Christie, never one known for keeping his mouth shut and playing the diplomat,** did such a bang up job showing Prince Harry around New Jersey today. I mean granted, it is Prince Harry, and not the Queen herself — you could probably even make a joke about the Holocaust and Prince Harry wouldn’t be offended. He’s already made the joke himself. But still, it’s impressive.
And diplomatic gifts are an especially tricky thing. I mean what can you give someone that perfectly encapsulates your culture, is nice enough to be respectful, but not so nice as to make them feel uncomfortable? Luckily for us, Chris Christie nailed this one. He gave a gift that epitomized the American spirit — overpriced, a little lazy, and just presentable enough to get by. That’s right. He gave Prince Harry a fleece. Like the kind you wear. Like the kind it seems Harry was already wearing when Christie handed him the replacement.
Although it’s likely a better alternative than some other things that could serve as souvenirs of New Jersey…like factory smog, gang violence, or Baby Lorenzo.
So my commendation stands.
*It smelled like warm tequila. You’ll get there.
** “If anybody in this room thinks they understand Washington, DC, please come on up stand behind the podium and you give the answers, because I don’t have the first damn idea of what they’re doing down there.”