April 16, 2008

HEY, W, IS THERE ROOM IN YOUR LAP?:

Brown in U.S. Pledging Closer Ties (ALAN COWELL and JOHN F. BURNS, 4/16/08, NY Times)

Lambasted at home by foes across the political spectrum, Prime Minister Gordon Brown began a formal visit to the United States on Wednesday, and even there he seemed to some Britons to face eclipse by a simultaneous sojourn in America by Pope Benedict XVI. [..

Mr. Brown began his tenure as prime minister with a conscious effort to distance himself from the war in Iraq and to draw back from a relationship with President Bush that had British columnists mocking Tony Blair, the previous prime minister, as Mr. Bush’s “poodle.”

But Downing Street officials have been playing down the differences over Iraq, and Mr. Brown now appears to be looking to the United States for a way to redress his sinking political fortunes at home over a variety of perceived missteps.


Mr. Brown is unpopular to exactly the degree to which he's distanced himself from the Thatcherism of Tony Blair and America.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 16, 2008 4:59 PM
Comments

His PR guy should be fired for such a scheduling conflict. Or did he think a secular ruler should take precedence over the Pope? In Europe, may be, not in Bush's America. On the other hand, if the PM were Tony, Bush would have invited him to chat with the Pope. On the third hand, chatting with the Pope would do more harm than good back home. Any way you look at it, the PR guy should be fired.

Posted by: ic at April 16, 2008 6:47 PM
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