For those who heard his speeches and because he could read a teleprompter well, thought he would be great as a world leader, this article is for you. I would say that the excuses given are worse than the treatment Gordon Brown received during his visit. In case you forgot, the first word we received that there were changes to the meeting because of the snow. Then, we hear about the exchange of ceremonial gifts between the heads of state. (If anyone knows of a website that shows the types of gifts given over the years let me know. The only gift that comes to mind is one Carter received from a country that was a handmade craft item that represented the country’s resources.)
So, the British press wrote articles about the snubs and the gifts. Well, now they are writing about the excuses that the Obama administration has given. Is it just me or does this article basically say that Obama is having a tough time doing this job because he is totally clueless?
Barack Obama \'too tired\' to give proper welcome to Gordon Brown
Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been “overwhelmed” by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest.
British officials, meanwhile, admit that the White House and US State Department staff were utterly bemused by complaints that the Prime Minister should have been granted full-blown press conference and a formal dinner, as has been customary. They concede that Obama aides seemed unfamiliar with the expectations that surround a major visit by a British prime minister.
But Washington figures with access to Mr Obama’s inner circle explained the slight by saying that those high up in the administration have had little time to deal with international matters, let alone the diplomatic niceties of the special relationship.Allies of Mr Obama say his weary appearance in the Oval Office with Mr Brown illustrates the strain he is now under, and the president’s surprise at the sheer volume of business that crosses his desk.