Blitz Pits Gives Brits Fits

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.

And worse.

And worse.

And worst.

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).


  1. Joe O'Neill said,

    March 5, 2009 @ 12:26 pm

    I am sure that most Americans know that it was Britain first and foremost who stood beside them the day after 9/11.It was britain who sent her soldiers into battle with Iraq ( Twice) and there were british troops fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan long before Americans,The British fought alongside the Americans in Korea losing thousands as an ally of the US. this despite the betrayal when the Argentinians were given intelligence on British troop movements in 1982 which cost many British lives.The relationship is special and it is there for all to see BUT should America take for instance a protectionist stance in the current economic turmoil then there is a strong chance that when Britain is asked for help in the future they may decide that it is ( To quote GW Bush) “Not in our best interests”. In the UK there is a saying which is a little obtuse but worth remembering ” what goes around ,comes around” It basically means if you shit on someone then they will shit on you eventually.

  2. Bloodthirsty Liberal said,

    March 5, 2009 @ 1:37 pm


    That’s history, pal. January 20th marked Day One of Year Zero. Nothing before that date matters, or even occurred.

    Britain our trusted ally and friend? What’s your point? It’s irrelevant to the New Age we have entered.


  3. Bloodthirsty Liberal said,

    March 5, 2009 @ 4:10 pm

    I wonder how much of this has to do with Colonialism and the politics of race?

    - Aggie

  4. Joe O'Neill said,

    March 5, 2009 @ 10:28 pm

    The point is ” What goes around ,comes around”

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