blind_html [Fwd: too tired for a friend]

  • From: Nimer <nimerjaber1@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: blind_html@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, Brandon Shuttleworth <shuttleworthb01@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 12:39:18 -0600

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Subject:        too tired for a friend
Date:   Tue, 10 Mar 2009 17:52:22 -0000
From:   Ray T. Mahorney <coffee-craver@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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(you will not convince me that he was "too tired" or "didn't know" That's what the damned white house protocol office is for. Obama doesn't care about the relationship between the US and UK. More proof that he is nothing more than a wet behind the ears America hating socialist college kid who is in way over his head. Before anyone jumps on that last, "Show me who your friends
are and I'll show you who you are" and we know who his friends are.) <>
Barack Obama 'too tired' to give proper welcome to Gordon Brown
Barack Obama's offhand approach to Gordon Brown's Washington visit last week came about because
the president was facing exhaustion over America's economic
crisis and is unable to focus on foreign affairs, the Sunday Telegraph has been told.

By Tim Shipman in Washington
Last Updated: 10:03PM GMT 07 Mar 2009

Barack Obama and Gordon Brown: Has Gordon Brown's meeting with Barack Obama restored his

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown walk down the Colonnade of the
White House in Washington, Photo: AP

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

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."

The American source said: "Obama is overwhelmed. There is a zero sum tension between his ability
to attend to the economic issues and his ability to be
a proactive sculptor of the national security agenda.

"That was the gamble these guys made at the front end of this presidency and I think they're
finding it a hard thing to do everything."

British diplomats insist the visit was a success, with officials getting the chance to develop
closer links with Mr Obama's aides. They point out that the
president has agreed to meet the prime minister for further one-to-one talks in London later
this month, ahead of the G20 summit on April 2.

But they concede that the mood music of the event was at times strained. Mr Brown handed over
carefully selected gifts, including a pen holder made from
the wood of a warship that helped stamp out the slave trade - a sister ship of the vessel from
which timbers were taken to build Mr Obama's Oval Office
desk. Mr Obama's gift in return, a collection of Hollywood film DVDs that could have been bought
from any high street store, looked like the kind of thing
the White House might hand out to the visiting head of a minor African state.

Mr Obama rang Mr Brown as he flew home, in what many suspected was an attempt to make amends.

The real views of many in Obama administration were laid bare by a State Department official
involved in planning the Brown visit, who reacted with fury
when questioned by The Sunday Telegraph about why the event was so low-key.

The official dismissed any notion of the special relationship, saying: "There's nothing special
about Britain. You're just the same as the other 190 countries
in the world. You shouldn't expect special treatment." The apparent lack of attention to detail
by the Obama administration is indicative of what many
believe to be Mr Obama's determination to do too much too quickly.

In addition to passing the largest stimulus package and the largest budget in US history, Mr
Obama is battling a plummeting stock market, the possible bankruptcy
of General Motors, and rising unemployment. He has also begun historic efforts to achieve
universal healthcare, overhaul education and begin a green energy
revolution all in his first 50 days in office.

The Sunday Telegraph understands that one of Mr Obama's most prominent African American backers,
whose endorsement he spent two years cultivating, has told
friends that he detects a weakness in Mr Obama's character.

"The one real serious flaw I see in Barack Obama is that he thinks he can manage all this," the
well-known figure told a Washington official, who spoke
to this newspaper. "He's underestimating the flood of things that will hit his desk." A
Democratic strategist, who is friends with several senior White
House aides, revealed that the president has regularly appeared worn out and drawn during
evening work sessions with senior staff in the West Wing and
has been forced to make decisions more quickly than he is comfortable.

He said that on several occasions the president has had to hurry back from eating dinner with
his family in the residence and then tucking his daughters
in to bed, to conduct urgent government business. Matters are not helped by the pledge to give
up smoking.

"People say he looks tired more often than they're used to," the strategist said. "He's still
calm, but there have been flashes of irritation when he thinks
he's being pushed to make a decision sooner than he wants to make it. He looks like he needs a

Mr Obama was teased by the New York Times on Thursday in a front page story which claimed to
have detected a greater prevalence of grey hairs since he entered
the White House.

The Democratic strategist stressed that Mr Obama's plight was nothing new. "He knew it was going
to be tough; he said as much throughout the campaign. But
there's a difference between knowing it is going to be tough and facing the sheer relentless
pressure of it all."

Ray T. Mahorney

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