British Embassy Apologizes For Humorous Tweet About Burning The White House : The Two-Way The tweet joked about the burning of the White House 200 years ago by the British. It unleashed many tweets from Americans who didn't think relations were special enough for that kind of ribbing.
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British Embassy Apologizes For Humorous Tweet About Burning The White House

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British Embassy Apologizes For Humorous Tweet About Burning The White House

British Embassy Apologizes For Humorous Tweet About Burning The White House

So much for water under the bridge: The British Embassy in the United States is apologizing for a tweet on Sunday in which it jokingly referred to the burning of the White House 200 years ago by the British.

Here's the original tweet:

Marie Harf, a deputy spokesperson for the State Department, acknowledged shortly thereafter that "#itsComplicated."

But after a barrage of tweets questioning the taste of the original tweet, the British Embassy issued an apology:

We'd go into the history of all of this, but our colleagues at All Things Considered did a spectacular job of that last week. Listen:

British Embassy Apologizes For Humorous Tweet About Burning The White House

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