One of my favorites: Camille Paglia is honest. No condescension here.
“And then there was the fiasco of the ham-handed White House reception for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, which was evidently lacking the most basic elements of ceremony and protocol. Don’t they read the “Iliad” anymore in the Ivy League? Check that out for the all-important ritual of gift giving, which has cemented alliances around the world for 5,000 years.”
Visit the article: http://www.salon.com/opinion/paglia/2009/03/11/mercury/index.html