I know. I heard. No one is supposed to touch the Queen. By now, I'm sure all
of the news media has thoroughly covered my "royal faux pas".
I would like a chance to explain what actually happened. I had the opportunity to meet the Queen of England for the first time the other day.
We exchanged gifts. I gave her an iPod, a BlackBerry, a Kindle, a GPS, and a MintyBoost kit. She gave me a picture of herself.
We sat down for a nice chat. Surprisingly, we found we had a great deal in common. She was cordial; I was charming. We bonded.
When it came time for me to leave, she remarked how tall I was. I joked that I could probably pick her up with one hand. Then she looked at me with a royal twinkle in her eye and said, "I doubt that, Barack".
Then just for fun, I reached out, picked her up, and held her up with one hand. It was all in good fun and the Queen seemed to enjoy the view. No harm, no foul.