|Obama’s own efforts to be positive is were disregarded. To a question from the BBC’s Nick Robinson, he responded: ‘This notion that somehow there is any lessening of that special relationship is misguided.’ To ITV’s Tom Bradby he said: ‘This is my third meeting with Prime Minister Brown, and id like to think that our relationship terrific.’
Little of this was reflected in the British Media reports. ‘They were determined beforehand to write the trip up as a disaster,’ is the verdict of one British official.
|Agenda not news based Media||Brown at 10 – Anthony Seldon|
|Re. issue of expenses:
On 9 May, a Telegraph leader absolved Brown of personal wrong-doing: ‘There has never been any suggestion of any impropriety on the part of the Prime Minister or his brother.’ But the harm was done by then, and the paper knew it. Brown’s reacting so personally, while understandable, clouded his judgment at a critical time. He became intensely self-centred, impervious to outsiders. He showed none of the sang froid he displayed during the financial crisis. To be effective in crisis, leaders need to be calm and objective to take the right decisions. In this instance, he was neither of these.
|Government – PM||Brown at 10 – Anthony Seldon|