William Katz:  Urgent Agenda






OH PLEASE, GET THE SEASICKNESS PILLS – AT 9:26 A.M. ET:  There's a point where we think we can't take the hypocrisy of this administration any longer.  We may need medication, and not over-the-counter. 

President Obama, the man who famously sent back to Britain a bust of Winston Churchill that had held an honored place in the Oval Office, now declares himself a great friend of the UK.  President Obama, who famously gave then Prime Minister Gordon Brown a set of DVD's of his own speeches – DVD's that couldn't play in British machines – now seems ready to sing a hearty chorus of "There'll Always be an England." 

Of course, this has nothing to do with Obama's re-election campaign.  No, don't even think it.  It has nothing to do with his attempt to counter his image as a third worlder who's always ready to throw America's allies under the bus.  That couldn't be possible.  Our Barack?  Get this, presumably written by Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron, who's just arriving on a visit the U.S., in the Washington Post:

Seven decades ago, as our forces began to turn the tide of World War II, Prime Minister Winston Churchill traveled to Washington to coordinate our joint efforts. Our victories on the battlefield proved “what can be achieved by British and Americans working together heart and hand,” he said. “In fact, one might almost feel that if they could keep it up, there is hardly anything they could not do, either in the field of war or in the not less tangled problems of peace.”

Keep it up we have — not only winning that war for our survival but also building the institutions that undergird international peace and security. The alliance between the United States and Great Britain is a partnership of the heart, bound by the history, traditions and values we share. But what makes our relationship special — a unique and essential asset — is that we join hands across so many endeavors. Put simply, we count on each other and the world counts on our alliance.

Oh, be still my heart.  Remember the old McGuire Sisters song, "Sincerely"?  Would you be singing that while reading that stuff?  Yeah, Obama really loves joining hands with a country he sees as the symbol of colonialism. 

London's Daily Mail nails it:

David Cameron arrives in Washington today to be given the red carpet treatment by President Barack Obama amid declarations by his aides, fretting about his re-election prospects, that America’s ‘special relationship’ with Britain is as special as ever...

...the centrepiece of the trip – in American eyes, at least – will be a remarkable trip the two leaders will take to Dayton, Ohio, to watch a first-round game in the national college basketball tournament.

It is remarkable because the 70-minute flight will mark the first time that a world leader has flown on Air Force One with Obama. And remarkable also because Cameron is allowing himself to step into the midst of the mother of all photo opportunities with an electioneering President in what is a swing state...

...Cameron has no plans to meet Mitt Romney, the Republican frontrunner who will almost certainly face Obama in November. Not only is the Republican party the sister party of the Conservatives, but Republicans have been consistently more supportive of the special relationship than Obama, who, despite mouthing all the requisite platitudes, regards Britain as just one nation among many.


In terms of substance, however, there is little evidence that Obama takes Cameron anything like as seriously as Bush treated Blair.

‘During the Bush-Blair years it was a much more equal partnership,’ says Kim Holmes, a former senior official in the Bush administration and now a foreign policy adviser to Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

COMMENT:  It's a show, and a phony show put on for the American public, which has always had a soft spot for the England of Churchill, the Royals, and the Beatles.  The fact is, the Brits are always with us in the end, as are the Aussies and the Canadians. 

But British journalists were among the first outside the U.S. to recognize how shallow this presidency is.  I'm looking forward to their coverage of this trip. 

Basketball in Ohio, for a visiting British prime minister?  Come on.

March 13, 2012