The Daily Telegraphic has the story, by Heidi Blake.
Barack Obama Snubs British Scientists by Refusing to Receive Royal Society Medal
Barack Obama has snubbed Britain’s most eminent scientists by refusing to attend a Royal Society banquet in his honour at which he was to be awarded with a prestigious medal.
The US President rejected the invitation from the world-leading group of scientists and instead chose to visit a south London state school. Sources close to the state visit said members of the Royal Society were “deeply offended” by the snub and had accused Mr Obama of being obsessed with his “street cred”.
The US President was offered the chance to receive the King Charles II medal, which is awarded in “exceptional circumstances” to heads of state who have “made an outstanding contribution to furthering scientific research in their country”.
The honour was to be conferred on the US President at a dinner where he would be introduced to “some of Britain’s brightest and best young scientists” as well as some of the society’s most prestigious fellows.
But Mr Obama’s aides responded to the invitation with a “very short” note in which they said the president would rather spend time at a south London state school
Think about the danger to the President's political credibility if one of those bright young minds were to ask the President about his contribution to science and there was no teleprompter with a reasonable answer. By the way, what was the Presidents contribution to science, he is canceling NASA program, he is promoting science crap at the EPA, what was his contribution?