Obama's spectacularly piss-poor handling of British PM Gordon Brown's state visit last week - as well as his handlers' rather unsettling excuses for it - is well-trodden, but I didn't realize just how badly until tonight when I saw this post over at Ace's place. Ace quotes a stunner from this Telegraph article:
The real views of many in Obama administration were laid bare by a State Department official involved in planning the Brown visit, who reacted with fury when questioned by The Sunday Telegraph about why the event was so low-key.I actually had to kind of laugh when I read it, because when I was in London a couple weeks ago I ended up in the inevitable political discussion with a local at bar there who was waxing poetic over Obama. I wish I could go find that guy now and ask him what he thinks.
The official dismissed any notion of the special relationship, saying: "There's nothing special about Britain. You're just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. You shouldn't expect special treatment."