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Mr Obama Comes To Lunch [May. 25th, 2011|02:53 pm]
Tony Grist
I'll hand it to Cameron: he's very good at the PR. The barbecue in the garden of Number 10- with Obama dishing out burgers- was very, very feelgood. It reminded me of the love-in with Clegg in the same venue a year ago. Only then it was Cameron doing all the alpha-male patting and now it was Obama. At one point- after the photo-call on the doorstep of No 10-  Obama guided Cameron into his own house- as if he- Obama- were the host and not the other way round. I wonder whether this ritual of patronage and submission-  the top dog does the touching, the underdog allows himself to be touched- is something they perform consciously.

So now we have a new word for the Transatlantic relationship. It is no longer merely "special", it is "essential". I wonder whether this rebranding will catch on. 
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[User Picture]From: ron_broxted
2011-05-25 03:15 pm (UTC)
I still laugh when I recall Obama visiting Gordon "Leper" Brown. Barack walks over, smiles, shakes hand with plod. Plod keeps hand out and Brown glides by.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-05-25 03:28 pm (UTC)
Poor Gordon- so utterly unsuited to the hucksterism of modern politics.
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[User Picture]From: ron_broxted
2011-05-25 04:03 pm (UTC)
It was not his fault that a world economic depression arose on his watch. It WAS his fault that he did not dismantle Blairs 3500+ laws.
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2011-05-25 04:40 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure that going from Special to Essential is necessarily a step in the right direction. They should be aiming for Taste the Difference, surely?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-05-25 05:53 pm (UTC)
That would be good.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2011-05-26 10:16 am (UTC)
Obama and his people are also really good at optics and I feel vaguely unclean using that word or even knowing how to use it in this context. The obsession with appearances, too often over substance, is one of the more salient reasons we can't have nice things.

But compare and contrast the spectacle at No 10 with the cheering, foot stomping, standing ovations and sloppy wet kisses Bibi Netanyahu got from Congress, the other day. Words fail.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-05-26 09:40 pm (UTC)
Obama has been moving from one photo-op to the next- first Ireland- and all that O'Bama nonsense, then the British Royals, then burger flipping with Cameron. He's building up a splendid portfolio of images to use in his re-election campaign.

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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2011-05-27 10:46 am (UTC)
Indeed. The O-Man's re-election campaign has been in full swing for a while, now. It was unofficially kicked-off when he released his long-form certificate of birth, thus eviscerating a peculiarly vicious and race-based smear campaign, followed immediately by his public humiliation of faux-billionaire, joke presidential candidate, and loud-mouthed moron Donald Trump, at the annual White House Corespondent's Dinner.
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2011-05-26 05:42 pm (UTC)
One of my Republican/conservative neighbors thought it was significant that the Obamas were not invited to the wedding. I guess this state visit will shut them up now.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-05-26 09:34 pm (UTC)
Obama particularly wanted to meet Wills and Kate and have himself photographed with them. He's building up a lovely collection of pix for use in his re-election campaign.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2011-05-27 10:52 am (UTC)
Actually, I hope that your neighbor is correct. It would be worse for the Republic, I think, if the Windsors saw Obama as one of their own. or vice versa.
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