Thursday, March 05, 2009

Dissing an ally

Upon entering office, Pres. Obama wasted no time before insulting the Brits, as the (UK) Telegraph reports:

A bust of the former prime minister once voted the greatest Briton in history, which was loaned to George W Bush from the Government's art collection after the September 11 attacks, has now been formally handed back.

The bronze by Sir Jacob Epstein, worth hundreds of thousands of pounds if it were ever sold on the open market, enjoyed pride of place in the Oval Office during President Bush's tenure.

But when British officials offered to let Mr Obama to hang onto the bust for a further four years, the White House said: "Thanks, but no thanks."

He then snubbed PM Brown on his visit here, prompting James Delingpole of the Telegraph to warn:
Britain's friendship is something Obama will come to regret having dispensed with so lightly.
Or not: Pres. Obama is just following in the Jimmy Carter tradition of alienating allies.

MORE details on Obama's insults to PM Brown are here. The nature of the insults raises the question: is Obama "wicked, childish, or dim"?

PREVIOUSLY, we discussed Obama's Carteresque efforts to appease enemies here.

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