Source: New York Times
But in addition to delivering a gift to the Obamas, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, delivered a faux pas as well when the two couples first met. (Although that is the sort of gift he often gives to the British media.)
The queen marveled at how the president managed to stay awake from the jet lag. President Obama detailed his schedule from the morning, mentioning that he had "meetings with the Chinese, the Russians, David Cameron. And I'm proud to say I did not nod off in one of the meetings."
Prince Philip, already chortling in the background, blurted: "Can you tell the difference between them?"
The president, trying to smooth over the awkward comment from a man known to make such gaffes, offered diplomatically, "It's all a blur, of course, of course."
Why would he be refering to whether you can tell the difference between David Cameron, Russian and Chinese? They are totally different and have nothing to do with each other. Obviously he was making a joke about how Obama was able to stay awake in either of the meetings cause they were all boringly the same? The 'them' are the meetings, not the people.
Not everything is racist ok people? It's a bad joke but I understood it right away.