Obama praises Britain. He’s too kind. No really, he is.
posted at 6:25 am on May 24, 2011 by Michael van der Galien
So, Barack Obama is currently touring Europe. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: Europe, why? Doesn’t he detest the Old Continent?
Well, yeah. Judging by the way he has treated Europe ever since he became president, at least.
Apparently, however, he now feels we’re somehow of vital importance for his agenda. (You wonder whether his dismal approval ratings at home have anything to do with this trip, but that as an aside) So he graces us with his presence. Oh my, how wonderful: the almighty himself has arrived. (I guess that means that the end of Europe is indeed nigh; nigher even than most of us thought)
The British newspaper the Telegraph reports that British PM David Cameron and Obama have dubbed the relationship between their two countries, which was once known as “the special relationship,” as the essential relationship. Apparently, the American president wants to send a message of friendship to the British people (who he has insulted in numerous occasion).
That’s very considerate of him. Especially considering the fact that he is not exactly known for being considerate to anyone.
In any case, I’m afraid that the renaming of the ‘special relationship’ is actually an insult as well. Special implies something positive; something you’re happy about. Essential, on the other hand, may give people the impression that it’s not a marriage (or relationship) of love, but of necessity. We need each other… whether we like it or not.
Of course the two men also stress the point that there’s “a deep emotional connection” between their nations, but it’s clear to anyone with half a brain that such words don’t come from the heart. Not from Obama’s, anyway.
This post originally appeared at Right Across The Atlantic.