A Conservative Member of Parliament called Barack Obama “splendidly arrogant” and “a funny fellow” in a speech on Tuesday following the president’s calls for the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union.
“It’s so splendidly arrogant for him to think that poor little Blighty is just waiting for big old Uncle Sam to come and tell us what we should do with our European neighbors and which garden we should play in,” said the Right Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg, who represents North East Somerset in Parliament.
“No true honest Briton is going to be told what to do by a Yankee president,” Rees-Mogg added. “He can come and tell us all he likes about what we should do, but we’re not an American colony, and they’re not a colony of ours anymore.”
Rees-Mogg’s comments about Obama follow recent remarks in which he referred to Secretary of State John Kerry, who has also urged Britain to continue its membership in the European Union, as a “terrorist sympathizer.”
Rees-Mogg, a colorful and outspoken figure, especially on issues related to the European Union, set the record for the longest word ever used on the floor of the House of Commons in 2012 when he encouraged his colleagues to join him in the “floccinaucinihilipilification” of the European Court of Justice. The Chambers Dictionary defines floccinaucinihilipilification as “setting at little or no value.”