Barack Obama’s three-day state visit to the UK was more than an extravagant PR opportunity for an increasingly discredited US president and Britain’s deeply unpopular Conservative-Liberal Democrat government.
It underscored the unity of Washington and London in attempting to push through a social counter-revolution in their own countries, while insisting on similar “medicine” for the peoples of the world and threatening punitive action against any potential challengers.
With the lavish state banquet, 410-gun salute and the rare invitation for Obama to address both houses of parliament, Britain’s ruling elite made clear how critical the “special relationship” is in enabling it to punch above its weight globally—especially as the UK teeters on the brink of another, even worse, recession.
But more striking were the lengths to which Obama went in reciprocation—praising the “English who first spelled out the rights and liberties of man” and the “rule of law”, making pointed references to war-time Prime Minister Winston Churchill and saluting “Queen Elizabeth’s lifetime of extraordinary service to her nation and to the world.”
Shown a letter by George III expressing alarm at the loss of the American colonies, Obama told the queen that it “was only a temporary blip in the relationship.” Similar jokes followed—“a small scrape about tea and taxes”, otherwise, it had been “smooth sailing”.
It's good to know Barack can joke. While on yet another world tour. While the economy continues to crater back home. It's good to know Barack's not working too hard. I think I'd cry if I thought of Barack actually breaking a sweat. Ever.
He's pampered little hands weren't made for hard work. His prep school days did not equip him for long hours.
He is a spoiled brat and that's why he's no different than George W. Bush.
Meanwhile US House Rep. Scott Tipton's daughter has the opposite problem. She's working hard . . . at using her father's government e-mail to "solicit business" according to POLITICO's Marin Cogan.
One day, maybe not in my lifetime, the US will actually have elected officials who represent the voters who put them into office.
Title of post is a Mighty Mighty Bosstones song, FYI.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
the new york times
chelsea j. carter
the associated press