Britain’s Brown probes Obama on possible tennis match
We all know that Barack Obama knows his way around the basketball court. He also has a decent golf swing. But what about tennis?
That is one of the things British Prime Minister Gordon Brown inquired about during his first visit to the Oval Office since Obama took over the presidency on Jan. 20. Tom Bradby of ITV News asked them how they found working with each other.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Tennis, I hear you got a game.
PRIME MINISTER BROWN: Yes, we could maybe have a — have a shot.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: We haven’t tried it yet.
PRIME MINISTER BROWN: I don’t know if you — I think you’d be better. But there we are.
Their search for something in common recalled George W. Bush’s first meeting with then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair at Camp David in early 2001. Those two decided they had at least one thing in common — they both used Colgate toothpaste.
The leaders of the United States and Britain like to foster a “special relationship.” With that in mind, Brown did not get all the bells and whistles that such visits have received in the past. There was no high-profile East Room news conference after their talks. Instead it was an Oval Office Q & A session with reporters.
But the two leaders seemed to get on well and Obama talked up the special ties between the two countries.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, first of all, the special relationship between the United States and Great Britain is one that is not just important to me, it’s important to the American people.
Alas, no word if they checked out the tennis court on the White House grounds.
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- Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Obama and Brown in the Oval Office.)