Well, one look at the Dow (down 247 at this writing) tells us what a bumbler Barack Obama is when it comes to the economy. Seems like when it comes to international affairs, he's a buffoon as well. Getting a visit from the British PM is a layup in terms of international relations, and Baracky somehow managed to screw that up royally. From the Telegraph UK:
President Barack Obama just plain rude to Britain. Don't call us in future.
...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...
But Obama's merely warmish words (one of our closest allies, said with little sincerity or passion) left a bitter taste with this Atlanticist. Especially after his team had made Number 10 beg for a mini press conference and then not even offered the PM lunch.
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.
Here's the interesting question, though - was this just Obama-esque incompetence, or was Michelle Obama urging him on to act out a centuries-old racial grievence against the British? Ah, here it gets interesting - also from the Telegraph:
My favourite theory so far - suggested by presenter Greg Garrison - was that it was a move calculated to please his Lady Macbeth. At the moment in Britain, we're still in the "Doesn't she look fabulous in a designer frock" stage of understanding of Michelle Obama. Gradually, though, we'll begin to realise that she is every bit the terrifying executive's wife that Hillary Clinton was. Or, shudder, Cherie Blair.
We may just LURVE Michelle's fashion sense. But Michelle doesn't reciprocate our affection, one bit. Her broad-brush view of history associates Brits with the wicked white global hegemony responsible for the slave trade. Never mind that a white, Tory Englishman - William Wilberforce - brought the slave trade to an end. Judging by her record, Michelle does not make room for such subtle nuance.
Hmmm. Maybe. A little late for the foreign papers, so head-over-heels with the Obamas a few months back, to actually start to "judge their record" and see what kind of people they really are.
Still, it's plausable. Michelle is a first-class racial grievence holder, and who knows what she whispered into hubby's ear? The two of them may be having a good laugh over the furor they just ignited, while the rest of America wonders why they just lost their best friend...