Friday, February 26, 2010

He's Just Not That Into You.

Last January I wrote a not entirely serious post about whether Obama was a closet Anglophobe. When you look at what has happened since then- returning the bust of Winston Churchill, giving Gordon Brown those somewhat insulting presents, disavowing the "special relationship" and now refusing to back Britain's position in the Falklands- I think it's fair to say that he certainly is not an Anglophile.

There is no reason why a foreign head of state should favour us over other countries of course (except for being allies of the US), but his seeming indifference to this country ought to make some of the Obama worshippers over here pause for thought. There is nothing more cringe inducing than seeing a political man crush going unreciprocated.

4 comments:

JuliaM said...

"...but his seeming indifference to this country ought to make some of the Obama worshippers over here pause for thought."

Doubt it. If pausing for thought was their thing, they wouldn't be Obama worshippers in the first place, would they?

Joseph Takagi said...

You might want to check that assumption that Obama lovers are particularly patriotic.

Matthew said...

Yes, indeed one of the things that many of us hoped Obama would do is make the British political class act less like a teenage girl.

Or worse: 'he's just not that into you' is fair comment, but so is 'and you shouldn't run a country like a stalker'.

Ross said...

Joseph- Obama's support in the UK is so wide that it does include a good portion of the political spectrum

Matthew- "you shouldn't run a country like a stalker'."- hard to argue with that.