April 29, 2014

Britain Can't Import Obama's Magic

Rafael Behr, New York Times

The Associated Press

What Mr. Obama represents to the British public bears little relation to the figure he has become in Washington. He is a political pin-up. Downing Street cherishes every opportunity to have Mr. Cameron pictured alongside the president: Dave and Barry flipping burgers at a barbecue at No. 10; Barry and Dave shooting the breeze at a college basketball game in Ohio.

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TAGGED: David Axelrod, Jim Messina, Barack Obama, Labour Party, David Cameron, Ed Miliband, UK


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