Limey wiseguys celebrate burning of WHITE HOUSE via Twitter igniting conflagration of controversy.
Brit diplomats in Washington apologized after tweeting a photo message joking about the day the Redcoats torched the White House during the War of 1812.
If you’ve forgotten, the war of 1812 involved Pres. Andy Jackson, the pirate Lafite and yes, the US soundly kicked their butts a second time after winning our independence. Cecil B. DeMille even made a film about it – twice – “The Bucaneer”.
The tweet posted to the British embassy's official account @UKinUSA on Sundays showed a cake topped with a miniature White House festooned with sparkers and flanked by American and British flags the UK Telegraph reported gleefully.
"Commemorating the 200th anniversary of burning the White House. Only sparklers this time!" the caption read.
The original tweet referred to the events of August 24, 1814, when British troops lead by Major General Robert Ross invaded Washington and set the White House and the Capitol building on fire.
The baleful Brits’ tweet ignited a flurry of WTFs from both Yanks and Brits, prompting the embassy to post an apology. "Apologies for earlier Tweet. We meant to mark an event in history & celebrate our strong friendship today," the message said.
On your bike, cobber – as they say Down Under.