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Thursday 27th September 2012 | 19:07
David Cameron was magnanimity itself when he appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman in the small hours.
Even when he blundered on the Magna Carta question, he came across as self-deprecating and ever so 'umble.
But it seems that Dave is not always so nice - and that his chat show embarrassment was nothing more than poetic justice.
A snout tells me that the PM was less than well-mannered a couple of months ago when he was at a special private exhibition of one of the few (and finest) surviving copies of the historic document.
The City of London Corporation's 1297 copy of the Magna Carta includes Edward 1's seal and is normally kept in storage at the Guildhall Art Gallery.
Officials at the London Metropolitan Archive carefully laid on for the Prime Minister a special display of the famous document.
But as he was about to be introduced to the experts who care for it and were on hand to answer his every question - like what its name means - his response was to spin on his heel with a curt "I've seen that" and go into a corner to play with his iPhone.
"It was breathtakingly rude" said one witness. "Serves him right Letterman showed him up. He may not have been interested, but a few manners would have cost him nothing. If he'd been a little more polite he might not now be looking quite such an idiot."
Oh dear. This little vignette doesn't quite fit with Dave's apology today: "I'm a history obsessive so I am sorry I didn't do better".
Maybe he really meant he's an iPhone obsessive?
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