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David Cameron called Obama, and the whole Internet joined in

Oh, hello, Patrick Stewart. Didn’t see you there.


Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Posted on Mar 6, 2014   Updated on May 31, 2021, 4:16 pm CDT

The Internet became part of a very important phone call.

Tensions between Ukraine and Russia over the crisis in Crimea are at an all-time high, and the U.S. and U.K. are determined to work together.

To keep his followers and constituents up to date, Prime Minister David Cameron reaffirmed to his Twitter followers that he and President Barack Obama were united in condemning Russia for its actions. To prove it, he posted a photo of himself talking on the phone. The stern expression. The pose. It’s perfect.

I’ve been speaking to @BarackObama about the situation in Ukraine. We are united in condemnation of Russia’s actions.

— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) March 5, 2014

What Cameron probably didn’t plan was for the Internet to enter the call as well. It started with comedian Rob Delaney, and other celebrities soon joined in.

.@David_Cameron @BarackObama Hi guys, I’m on the line now too. Get me up to speed.

— rob delaney (@robdelaney) March 5, 2014

Who needs a super selfie when you’ve got these guys all on the line?

.@robdelaney @David_Cameron @BarackObama I’m now patched in as well. Sorry for the delay.

— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) March 5, 2014

@SirPatStew @robdelaney @David_Cameron @BarackObama Ok, guys, thanks for holding.

— Michael Moreno (@MacMoreno) March 5, 2014

Soon enough, anyone who had a phone started tuning in.

“Hi Dave, yes I agree, everything is most definitely not awesome” #davecalls

— Julie Minns (@kenningtonkitty) March 6, 2014

no. i will not stop. i haven’t even started. #davecalls

— Caroline (@CarolineKent) March 6, 2014

‘Hey guys, this ukraine situation is totally not fetch’. #davecalls

— Adam Libonatti-Roche (@baconchin) March 6, 2014

Cameron might’ve dialed the wrong number at first.

“Welcome to Priest Chatback – if you’re under 18 or not a priest, please hang up now…” #davecalls

— Danny Palmer (@dannyjpalmer) March 6, 2014

At a certain point, it didn’t matter if you had a phone at your side or not. If you could hold it up like a phone, it was a phone.

@SirPatStew @robdelaney @David_Cameron @BarackObama I’m in but anyone else getting that muffled sound??!

— Paul Bartlett (@pabartlett83) March 6, 2014

@SirPatStew @MacMoreno @robdelaney @David_Cameron @BarackObama CAMERON, YOU FOOL — THIS ISN’T THE WHITE HOUSE!

— Vladimir Putin (@jesse_hamm) March 6, 2014

You won’t believe the filth Mr. Cameron is spouting on this phone call…

— Andy Hanley (@Hanners1979) March 5, 2014

At least this way everyone got the memo.

Photo via DFID – UK Department for International Development/Flickr

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*First Published: Mar 6, 2014, 3:54 pm CST