Tales from the Trail

Well isn’t that special! Clinton reassures Britain on its U.S. relationship

October 12, 2009


It turns out the relationship between the United States and Britain is very special.

‘Sir Edward’ cheered at Obama healthcare summit

March 6, 2009

Senator Edward Kennedy showed up at President Barack Obama’s healthcare summit Wednesday and got a welcome befitting his new title.
“Sir Edward Kennedy,” Obama said, gesturing toward the Massachusetts senator, a longtime leader on the healthcare issue. The crowd at the White House event applauded warmly.
“That’s the kind of greeting a knight deserves,” the president said.
The British government announced Tuesday that Kennedy had been awarded an honorary knightood by Queen Elizabeth in recognition of his service to U.S.-British relations. The announcement came as Prime Minister Gordon Brown was visiting Washington.
Kennedy, who turned 77 on Feb. 22, has brain cancer and has spent little time in Washington this year.
He underwent surgery last year to remove a malignant tumor and suffered a seizure Jan. 21 at Obama’s inaugural luncheon.
Kennedy was an early supporter of the president and chairs one of the Senate committees that oversees healthcare.
“It is thrilling to see you here, Teddy,” Obama said. “We are so grateful for you taking the time to be here and the extraordinary work that your committee has already started to do.”
Kennedy praised Obama for bringing the diverse group together.
“I’m looking forward to being a foot soldier in this undertaking,” he said, “and this time we will not fail.”
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So much for that special British relationship with the U.S. Congress

March 4, 2009

The grumblings in the British press about how Prime Minister Gordon Brown was treated on his visit to the United States will almost certainly increase when they learn that several Senate committees kept working while he addressed a joint meeting of Congress.

The First Draft: Downtown Gordon Brown

March 4, 2009

That Gordon Brown, he won’t leave town. The British Prime Minister speaks to Congress at 11 a.m., where he is expected to urge lawmakers to steer clear of protectionism. OBAMA-BRITAIN/

Obama as stockbroker in chief?

March 3, 2009

President Barack Obama is wearing many hats these days — commander in chief, head of state, father — so what about stock broker?
The new president, who has spent the first weeks of his administration working on proposals to boost the economy, lifted eyebrows and, at least briefly, stocks on Tuesday when he suggested that battered shares were a potentially a good investment at low prices they are currently touching.
Speaking in the Oval Office with visiting British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Obama said it was natural that markets would be suffering from bad economic news.
But then he weighed in with this observation:
“What you’re now seeing is — is profit and earning ratios are starting to get to the point where buying stocks is a potentially good deal if you’ve got a long-term perspective on it.”
Sound like cheerleading at all?
Stocks inched upward in response to his words, but his spokesman, Robert Gibbs, played down the comments later, saying they were in line with Obama’s previous statements on the economy.
Tell us what you think. Is the president encouraging Americans to buy stocks? And is that good advice?
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Britain’s Brown probes Obama on possible tennis match

March 3, 2009

We all know that Barack Obama knows his way around the basketball court. He also has a decent golf swing. But what about tennis?

The First Draft: chilly winds and hot air

March 3, 2009

There’s a cold wind blowing in Washington on Tuesday morning, one day after a late-winter storm dumped up to a foot of snow on the region. DC residents anticipate a thaw when our national leaders provide their daily dose of hot air. WEATHER-USA/SNOW

British PM Brown goes to DC bearing gifts for Obama

March 2, 2009

By Sumeet Desai and Matt Spetalnick

With the British anxious about the state of their “special relationship” with the United States, Prime Minister Gordon Brown goes to Washington this week bearing gifts for President Barack Obama as reminders of that long transatlantic lovefest.