Insights from the UK and beyond
Before his trip to Washington, there was endless speculation about whether or not the new president really cared about the so-called special relationship between the two countries.
And while Brown may have been the first European leader to visit Barack Obama in the White House, Japanese PMΒ Taro Aso got in there first.
Then there was the fuss about whether or not there would be a news conference. A snow storm and sub-zero temperatures this week in Washington meant the Rose Garden was out of the question.