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Barack Obama 'too tired' to give proper welcome to Gordon Brown
The London Telegraph ^ | March 7, 2009 | Tim Shipman

Posted on 03/07/2009 12:16:38 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Barack Obama's offhand approach to Gordon Brown's Washington visit last week came about because the president has facing exhaustion over America's economic crisis and is unable to focus on foreign affairs, the Sunday Telegraph has been told.

Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been "overwhelmed" by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest.

British officials, meanwhile, admit that the White House and US State Department staff were utterly bemused by complaints that the Prime Minister should have been granted full-blown press conference and a formal dinner, as has been customary. They concede that Obama aides seemed unfamiliar with the expectations that surround a major visit by a British prime minister.

But Washington figures with access to Mr Obama's inner circle explained the slight by saying that those high up in the administration have had little time to deal with international matters, let alone the diplomatic niceties of the special relationship.

Allies of Mr Obama say his weary appearance in the Oval Office with Mr Brown illustrates the strain he is now under, and the president's surprise at the sheer volume of business that crosses his desk.

A well-connected Washington figure, who is close to members of Mr Obama's inner circle, expressed concern that Mr Obama had failed so far to "even fake an interest in foreign policy".

A British official conceded that the furore surrounding the apparent snub to Mr Brown had come as a shock to the White House. "I think it's right to say that their focus is elsewhere, on domestic affairs. A number of our US interlocutors said they couldn't quite understand the British concerns and didn't get what that was all about."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; United Kingdom
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Cut out all the jetting around the country and parties at taxpayers’ expense and maybe the poor widdle baby won’t be so tired.


41 posted on 03/07/2009 12:25:33 PM PST by bgill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this was true as he has never done anything, period. But, it is surprising that “sources close to the White House” are actually saying this out loud to someone. Why?


42 posted on 03/07/2009 12:25:34 PM PST by John W
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Perhaps he has an undisclosed illness?


43 posted on 03/07/2009 12:25:47 PM PST by Carley (President Obama ~ Leaving No Tax Cheat Behind)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"the president's surprise at the sheer volume of business that crosses his desk"

You can't just vote "Present" when you're POTUS.

44 posted on 03/07/2009 12:25:52 PM PST by ETCS
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Those visits to the gym are doing nothing to improve his stamina.
45 posted on 03/07/2009 12:25:55 PM PST by stayathomemom (Cat herder and empty nester)
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To: John W

Leaking is what Dems do.


46 posted on 03/07/2009 12:26:11 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If he’s too tired it’s not because he’s concentrating on his job but that he’s GOING TO TOO MANY COCKTAIL PARTIES, damn him!!! Don’t you DARE tell me this commie bastard has a conscience about this country’s decaying economy!

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=90945

White House nightlife under investigation
‘This party atmosphere sends the wrong message’


47 posted on 03/07/2009 12:26:12 PM PST by deannadurbin
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To: csvset

Maybe Larry Sinclair can help.


48 posted on 03/07/2009 12:26:27 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: ducdriver

“He’ll be replaced by summer.”

Hmmm....interesting statement.


49 posted on 03/07/2009 12:26:29 PM PST by EggsAckley ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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To: dinodino

This whole episode begs a large question:

If they can so badly botch the visit of a PM, what else are they botching?

What else are they screwing up real bad, but no one has noticed quite yet?

Can you imagine what a fiasco we’ll be in six months from now?


50 posted on 03/07/2009 12:26:36 PM PST by mojito
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

President Bush must have been in better shape physically and mentally ‘cause he took on 9/11, war, economy, the MSM, and everything else seemingly without effort.

(Blessings on GW and his family)


51 posted on 03/07/2009 12:26:43 PM PST by madison10
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

I’d bet this guy has a meltdown well before his term is up.

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I forecast this quite a while ago. Which event will give us either President Biden or President Pelosi.

IOW, we are screwed, no matter what!


52 posted on 03/07/2009 12:26:59 PM PST by maica (Barack Obama is a Communist Party Project.)
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To: Chet 99
Anyone miss George W. Bush yet???

Hell, I'm even starting to miss this guy.


53 posted on 03/07/2009 12:27:08 PM PST by Polybius
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To: Former Proud Canadian

The presidency is above his pay grade.


54 posted on 03/07/2009 12:27:13 PM PST by bgill
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To: mojito

But he writes such lovely prose.


55 posted on 03/07/2009 12:27:13 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: anniegetyourgun

I guess, but, is it just leaking to be leaking or is there a motive? No one in their right mind would think letting this out would generate anything other than ridicule given his relative youth.


56 posted on 03/07/2009 12:27:35 PM PST by John W
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To: mojito

They aren’t doing so great on relations with Russia.


57 posted on 03/07/2009 12:27:47 PM PST by madison10
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sweet Mary and Joseph, that’s not the excuse they gave, is it??? Holy carp, even if it was true - and the cure is to stop jetting across the country for every 25 jobs “created” - don’t put that weakness on display for our sworn enemies with a track record of miscalculation to see. That’s just plain reckless.


58 posted on 03/07/2009 12:28:05 PM PST by NonValueAdded (May God save America from its government; this is no time for Obamateurs. Emmanuel = Haldeman?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

Well if is to tired to give a proper welcome maybe he is too tired to be President..


59 posted on 03/07/2009 12:28:32 PM PST by KevinDavis (No one should question our "Dear Leader"!)
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To: Chet 99

“Anyone miss George W. Bush yet???”

I wonder if any of those, who liked to spell his name wrong, would like to learn to spell George right now.

What a “o” moron! Can’t find it in himself to treat a VIP with respect due him...


60 posted on 03/07/2009 12:29:22 PM PST by ConfidentConservative (I think, therefore I am conservative.)
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