Blooper: Obama jokes about his toast to the Queen

By RAPHAEL G. SATTER | May 25, 2011 | 9:27 AM EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and British Prime Minister David Cameron, center, work the grill as they visit with British and American service members and veterans at a barbeque at 10 Downing Street in London, Wednesday, May 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

LONDON (AP) — President Barack Obama has made light of a musical mishap that threatened to cut short his toast at Tuesday night's state dinner in London.

Obama had just toasted the Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace when the band, apparently deciding that he had finished his speech, struck up "God Save the Queen."

Obama talked over the music, praising the relationship between Britain and the United States and quoting Shakespeare before the music ended.

Obama told Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg that band effectively gave a soundtrack to his closing passage. Joking about the moment as they met for brief talks Wednesday, Clegg — who was at the dinner — told Obama the music had added "a crescendo" to his words.