This is the best that the newspaper of record has to offer on the new president’s first overseas trip?

Helene Cooper, the New York Times White House correspondent, via the Times’ blog, The Caucus, offers her readers these little tidbits. For instance, President Obama’s gift to Queen Elizabeth was an iPod. What poor form, chap!

What she mentions as an afterthought was the iPod was loaded with photos and videos of her trip to the United States. Oh, and he also gave her a songbook autographed by Richard Rodgers, of the duo Rodgers and Hammerstein. Considering Rodgers has been dead since 1979, one wonders which was really the primary memento.

Why the sarcasms? Maybe it was because of Cooper’s earlier post that accused the president of “trying to muzzle his press corps.”

You see, Obama only answered three questions at a joint press availability while British Prime Minister Gordon Brown answered four.

Can totalitarianism be far behind?

It might always explain why she described one of Obama’s answers this way: Responding in a fashion that would make Miss America proud, Mr. Obama said that Mr. Brown needed to stay true to himself, so “you can wake up and look at yourself in the mirror. And that,” he concluded, “is the kind of integrity that Gordon Brown has shown in the past and will continue to show in the future.”

This continues a trend of outrage that Obama, in his two hour-long news conferences, has displayed the proper reverence to the Washington Post and the Times.

It’s hard to overemphasize the importance of the G20 meeting to the world’s struggling economy. Seriously, Helene, you should have left the snark at home.