Did you see the video of President and Mrs. Obama throwing down the guantlet to Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth? The effort to highlight the upcoming Invictus Games through a creative social media ploy shows that the eldest royal is open to modernizing her image–to a degree, and possibly for the sake of her grandson who is responsible for this particular Royal philanthropic move.
The Guardian reported on April 29 that this year’s Invictus Games will take place in Florida from May 8-12 and that the Queen took a humorous approach to Pres. Obama’s warning to her that she should “be careful what you wish for.”
For his part, Prince Harry comes across as the dutiful grandson keeping his aging relative abreast of the potential for defeat at the hands of the Americans, highlighting one such runner that was “fast” in the race last year. But he seems up to the Presidents and First Lady’s Twitter challenge when they interrupt the Royal brainstorming session. But one has to wonder about the use of the word “boom” in the interplay, as it seems a bit too light a joke topic phrase when the potential for a terrorist attack is always looming.
Other than that, this seems like a light-hearted effort to give the British some positive exposure, especially to the Queen’s most controversial grandson, whose storied tabloid past has undoubtedly caused the entire Royal family many sleepless nights. But now Prince Harry is showing a more restrained side in advance of the Invictus Games event in the States in May, where he will undoubtedly be front and center as the main news focus yet again this year.
The Obamas, for their part, appear to be good-natured sports about supporting the Royals as they make their own impending exit from political power. And given the constant media attention spotlight on the man or woman who will soon replace him, Pres. Obama has not had much opportunity to draw attention to himself lately. But this social media action helped turn that tide–until the 2016 Presidential front runner Donald Trump speaks out again, that is.