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6/18/2010

A New Era in U.S.-British Relations

Filed under: International,Obama — DRJ @ 7:55 am



[Guest post by DRJ]

In his campaign and his Inauguration Address, President Obama promised to rebuild America’s alliances. How’s that working out? A UK Telegraph columnist thinks Barack Obama may be the most unpopular man in Britain. The author especially criticizes Obama for an approach that has damaged Anglo-American relations:

“The Anglo-American Special Relationship, the most successful partnership of modern times, will survive long after President Obama departs the White House. It is far bigger than any one president or prime minister. But there can be no doubt that it is being significantly damaged and weakened at this moment by the Obama administration’s sneering approach towards Great Britain, at a time when British and American soldiers are fighting and dying alongside each other in a major war in Afghanistan. President Obama needs to see the big picture and understand that his anti-British posturing is hugely counter-productive and highly offensive. He is already one of the least popular US presidents of modern times, not only in the eyes of the American people, but now the people of Britain as well.”

I don’t think President Obama cares if he hurts America’s relationship with Britain.

— DRJ

35 Responses to “A New Era in U.S.-British Relations”

  1. The only explanation for this is Obama’s Kenyan connection. I don’t mean that I am a birther but he makes a point in his first book about how badly his father was treated by the British. There is just no other explanation for the petty insults of his first months in office. This man has a great deal of trouble separating his own concerns and prejudices from the interests of the country.

    Mike K (82f374)

  2. Well, the Telegraph was never an Obama fan, so I’m not sure how to take this. When the leftie papers are dissing him, then we’ll know.

    Kevin Murphy (5ae73e)

  3. Yes, but Harnden and Spilius were particularly ill adept at actually gauging the depths of Obama’s incompetence

    ian cormac (bb404b)

  4. Some grudge there? Seems so, and these anti-British stunts are more likely than not related to something that happened in Kenya 100 yrs ago… rather than the things the President of the US should be concerned with like vital alliances.

    This should tell you whether Obama, in his heart, considers himself more Kenyan-African, or more American. Rather than behaving sensibly towards our #1 ally on the planet, Obama is instead petty, vengeful, and all absorbed in his racial victimhood theories.

    Where he belongs for the next four years is on the shrink’s couch… and not anywhere near 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

    Sorry, Britain.

    Reaganite Republican (6836b1)

  5. Not apologizing to Britain. They thought he would be wonderful. Be more careful what you ask for, you might get it. We’re having to live with him, too.

    htom (412a17)

  6. Brits killed Kenyans don’t you know.

    They are bad colonialists.

    They must pay for their sins circa 1910.

    HeavenSent (a9126d)

  7. Oooohhhhh, I love the fact he is urinating in the mouths of those EU lefties who thought they were getting a salty malt shake. Serves them well.

    HeavenSent (a9126d)

  8. The Brits may have treated his father badly but no worse than Propeller Head’s father treated him.

    HeavenSent (a9126d)

  9. I don’t think President Obama cares if he hurts America’s relationship with Britain.

    I believe he is intentionally alienating our friends and allies. He was to break those historic ties and position the U.S. as well, France. Floating free of true principles while chasing the “popular” goals of being anti-Israel and anti-America all the while dedicating the riches of the U.S. to pay for his ego massaging trysts with leftists around the world.

    Does anyone remember the Senate bill he introduced that would compel the U.S. to end GLOBAL poverty? Our “fair share” would be determined and set by the United Nations. This guy has no loyalty to his own country, why should he express it toward our historic allies?

    in_awe (44fed5)

  10. Hey, we’ve got our own problems with this guy, take your screeching hissy fits up with the man himself. After years of having to listen to British hectoring and interference (remember The Guardian’s ill – fated phone canvassing attempts to influenct the OH electorate against Bush?), they have no one to blame but themselves. I bet Blair (aka “Bush’s Poodle”) is having a humongously good time with all of this.

    Dmac (3d61d9)

  11. Well, personally, I think that if you’re pissing off the likes of Boris Johnson, you can’t be too far off the right track.

    BO might try taking a night course in Subtlety, though.

    Frank Drebbin (8096f2)

  12. So, Britain old bean, how does it feel to be chucked under the (double-decker) bus with the rest of our allies?

    Jolly good show, what?

    Tex Lovera (30e140)

  13. I think it was how the Brits in Kenya treated his Paternal Grand-Father, not his Father.

    And, if he wants us to emulate France, he is well on his way to creating his own “Force de Frappe” with the way they are down-sizing the military, again. Soon, DoD will be reduced to an over-sized Border Patrol, looking over their shoulders for the nearest USAtty.

    AD - RtR/OS! (3b92f0)

  14. Kevin – along those lines, my English friends basically say: “we’re a little bit hurt because we basically feel like we lost BP when it was privatized, so BP doesn’t have anything to do with us any more, but otherwise who cares?”

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

  15. Greetings:

    Another racist rant. Just look, he wrote “but Barack Obama is achieving that in spades”. In spades, in spades, don’t you people realize that that’s code for “in spades”? The first Negro American president, “is achieving that in spades”. The black cat is out of the bag. They’re all racists over in Great Britain, I kid you not. Except for the Muslims; gents they are.

    11B40 (119ece)

  16. DRJ

    I think you made a typo. You wrote “A New Era in U.S.-British Relations…” I think the appropriate phrase is “A New Error in U.S.-British Relations.”

    (Yes, i am making a joke.)

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  17. It may be a “joke”, but it is too on-point to be humorous.

    AD - RtR/OS! (3b92f0)

  18. I don’t think President Obama cares if he hurts America’s relationship with Britain.

    Exactamundo.

    Is it not intersting that almost every one of the canards thrown at the evil cowboy Bush about cratering relations with key allies turned out to be MSM inspired bullshit, while here is Diaper Jesus actively and obviously thumbing his nose at the Brits without caring one bit about how it looks or the damage it will do to a core ally and friend?

    Was that a run-on sentence?
    Prolly, but whatever.

    [note: released from moderation. –Stashiu]

    Mike D (cfd823)

  19. But the important thing is, Obama still hasn’t lost Sir Paul McCartney.

    John (71f52f)

  20. BP CEO relieved of duties!
    H/T- Instapundit

    Can Chapter-11 be far behind?

    AD - RtR/OS! (3b92f0)

  21. But the important thing is, Obama still hasn’t lost Sir Paul McCartney.

    But he may have indeed lost Sir Elton John.

    Dana (1e5ad4)

  22. Dana, isn’t that a great follow-up to his appearance at the Rush Wedding?

    AD - RtR/OS! (3b92f0)

  23. Rather delicious, AD. Just knowing it makes a few fluffheads explode when someone like Elton John chooses not to follow the requisite agenda is delightful. How dare he think for himself!

    Dana (1e5ad4)

  24. My hope is that most Brits will recognize that Obama — despite his position — isn’t genuinely representative of the American public in this (as in so many other) matter.

    The “special relationship” isn’t just about warm fuzzies between Presidents and Prime Ministers. As any American who’s traveled in the U.K. (or, I hope, vice versa) can attest, our shared history and culture does indeed link us in ways both obvious and subtle.

    I’ve taken two extended driving vacations across England, Wales, and Scotland — generally staying in small-town bed-and-breakfasts, and hanging out at night in the local pubs — quite literally covering Britain from top to bottom and side to side on the map. We stayed off the main roads and wandered without schedule (“shed-ule”) or itinerary. On one trip, our rental car broke down in a tiny hamlet on the Scots-English border, well off any beaten tourist tracks. We were obliged to spend an unplanned weekend there waiting for the needed replacement part. By the end of the weekend, my companion and I felt like we’d been adopted by the town. A half-dozen years later, I felt a quite keen grief when tragedy brought that small town into international news — Lockerbie, sadly famous as the crash site of Pan Am Flight 103, with 11 of its citizens dying along with all 259 on the plane.

    Beldar (a6fff6)

  25. Guys get your Kenyan history straight. Kenya was homw to the Mau Mau revolution after WW II. Actual unrest started in 1944 and the “Mau Mau Revolution dates are 1952-1956.

    British were desperate–white settlers getting offed with machetes and all. Tut tut old boy can’t have that. So the Brits set up open air holding pens/detention camps etc. It was not pretty. In fact it was brutal. 1,900 executions of mainly Kikuyus. Maybe 25,000 people detained in awful conditions.

    Independence came to Kenya ~1960–with old Mau Mau man Joma Kenyatta in charge. So it’s no surprise that a Kenyan might still have a “hard on” for England.

    On the other hand, the interests of the USA are “national interests” and not simply toys for a petulant 3 year old in the Oval Office to throw out the door whenever he gets wee wee’d up. We failed to elect an adult, and it’s going to cost us big time for another two and a half years.

    Mike Myers (3c9845)

  26. winston churchill bust
    sent back first day obama
    self portrait take place

    ColonelHaiku (2ce3dc)

  27. Obama has a long hatred of the British, that he amply displays in his first book. Read the section wherein he meets his half-brother and discusses that they are Kenyan’s rather than American (obama0 or British (brother). He is upset when brother disagrees.

    pat (4ad99f)

  28. Our president has pursued an irrational hatred for the British since the second he took office. So, now that a partly or mostly British company has caused terrible damage to the US out of carelessness and incompetence, there really isn’t anywhere for Obama to go as far as ramping things up unless he wants to send Marine landing parties up the Thames. He is constantly, unthinkably rude and arrogant and he doesn’t have the guts to do any more than spit and snarl.

    Charlos (6d04c4)

  29. Mike Myers– excellent summation. My favorite work of fiction dealing with the Mau Mau revolution is, oddly enough, a rock song. “Leave My Monkey Alone,” by Warren Zevon. On the album “Mr. Bad Example,” and video usually posted on You Tube.

    Charlos (6d04c4)

  30. It really is amazing (although not really surprising) to find out just how STUPID this “Harvard educated man” really is.

    Icy Texan (d1faea)

  31. So Obama is almost as nasty to Brits and Europeans as the anti-American Europeans have been to America for the past 50 years. Too bad–Obama hasn’t done twenty times what they deserve.

    tehag (fae8c7)

  32. the music of elton john has this unique beat and the lyrics are very sentimental-“,

    Harley Marshall (44946b)

  33. sir Elton John is one of the best singers that i know of, great voice and great compositions`;,

    Chocolate Truffles : (0af6b3)

  34. elton john can be only be the best singer and composer that i know. i like the song Candle In The Wind .~”

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