What do you expect the answer to be?

July 30, 2007 at 4:14 pm | Posted in American politics, Bush Administration, corruption, Foreign Policy, Great Britain | 1 Comment

From today’s press conference with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown:

Rutenberg asked Brown: “Do you have the same philosophy as the President, in terms of terrorism?”

Brown: “Absolutely.”

Bush: “What do you expect the answer to be, Rutenberg? Come on, man.”

Brown: “Absolutely.”

Well, it looks like Britain will continue to be America’s poodle. And here we thought Brown could have had some balls and stood up to the dictator. Heh. Indeed, who still doesn’t dream of a British prime minister saying something like this to an arrogant American president:

Press Conference Reporter: Mr. President, has it been a good visit?
The President: Very satisfactory indeed. We got what we came for and our special relationship is still very special.
Press Conference Reporter: Prime Minister?
Prime Minister: I love that word “relationship”. Covers all manner of sins, doesn’t it? I fear that this has become a bad relationship. A relationship based on the President taking exactly what he wants and casually ignoring all those things that really matter to, erm… Britain. We may be a small country but we’re a great one, too. The country of Shakespeare, Churchill, the Beatles, Sean Connery, Harry Potter. David Beckham’s right foot. David Beckham’s left foot, come to that. And a friend who bullies us is no longer a friend. And since bullies only respond to strength, from now onward, I will be prepared to be much stronger. And the President should be prepared for that.

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  1. don’t be so sure. There has been lots of comment here on Brown’s use of the phrase ‘full and frank discussion’ and also his continued (and imho completely correct) insistsence on referring to terrorism as a crime rather than elevating it to anything more sinister.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6924680.stm


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