Stop the ACLU reports that our chums across the pond are none too chuffed by the unspeakable rudeness displayed by President Obama toward their little Prime Minister:
Why couldn’t President Obama have put on more of a show for his British guests? He looked like he simply couldn’t be bothered.
Number 10 may be content that they just about got away with the visit to the Oval Office yesterday, as Andrew Porter reports from Washington.
But on this side of the Atlantic the whole business looked pretty demeaning. The morning papers and TV last night featured plenty of comment focused on the White House’s very odd and, frankly, exceptionally rude treatment of a British PM. Squeezing in a meeting, denying him a full press conference with flags etc. The British press corps, left outside for an hour in the cold, can take it and their privations are of limited concern to the public.
Say, wasn’t Joe Biden picked to be V.P. for this exact kind of experience? Cause no one messes with Joe!
Don Surber concurs and elaborates:
Times of London: While President Obama was snubbing British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Mrs. Obama was snubbing Mrs. Brown.
On Wednesday, Iain Martin of the London Telegraph tore into President Obama’s snub of PM Brown. There was too much snow for the Hawaiian-born president. Or something like that.
Martin wrote: “We get the point, sunshine: we’re just one of many allies and you want fancy new friends. Well, the next time you need something doing, something which impinges on your national security, then try calling the French, or the Japanese, or best of all the Germans. The French will be able to offer you first rate support from their catering corps but beyond that you’ll be on your own.”
It just gets worse.
President Obama extended the hand of friendship, but offered only the dead fish handshake. Sounds like the Brits are not amused.
The only one who can treat their PM that way is themselves (especially their press).