Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Quick Comment: "Our alliance is essential."

What the US and British alliance can do for the Obama campaign

Photo courtesy of The Prime Minister's Office's flickr photostream 
"We Americans and Brits speak the same language most of the time. David, we are chuffed to bits that you are here."
- President Barack Obama, March 14th 2012. 

Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha's first official visit to the White House comes on the heels of disappointing poll results for the Obama campaign. This morning, both President Obama and the Prime Minister addressed the press at a ceremonial event at the White House.

The visit has been widely covered across the media, highlighting Mr Obama's hospitality towards the British leader and illuminating a comfortable dynamic between the two to remove the stigma of a transatlantic relationship which was once hostile during Gordon Brown's leadership of the UK. The synergistic visit will surely be one of significance and strengthen both leaders image in both foreign and domestic opinion. Critics will claim that the visit suffers from glorified media coverage and forced anecdotes such as both men's comments on Mr Obama taking the Prime Minister to a basketball game during the visit.

A strong relationship overseas can only strengthen Barack Obama's public image, as if David Cameron were to show diplomatic support in the Iran issue, then this would also reflect well on his image given the criticisms given by the Republican candidates. Foreign support for Mr Obama could only increase domestic approval for the president. Both men promoted similar values during their speeches this morning, with the President claiming that they are  "fighting for a global economy where every nation plays by the same rules." and stating that "The relationship between the united states and united kingdom is the strongest it has ever been."

David Cameron insisted the relationship was 'vigorous and long lasting' and  a solid transatlantic relationship should reflect well on the Obama administration, given that Mr Cameron is a Conservative leader. With the two leaders of great nations with opposing ideologies being able to find a common ground, it may work in the President's favour, accentuating favourable leadership qualities and diplomatic skill.

A dip in the polls seemed unlikely and may have caught Team Obama slightly off guard. Friday's unemployment figures were positive, with a growth in private sector jobs in February. The drop in approval came from polls conducted by The New York Times and The Washington Post. However, approval ratings on the Gallup tracking poll remain steady and indicates improvement. An email went out to supporters yesterday afternoon from campaign manager Jim Messina informing the American people that a poll conducted demonstrated that Barack Obama would lose to Mitt Romney. The likely hood is this will be short lived unless scandal or economic disappointment rocks the Obama White House, given the current state of the GOP race. Mitt Romney lost two conservative states, Alabama and Mississippi to Rick Santorum yesterday, as his rival gains momentum it could be debated that if Newt Gingrich were to withdraw from the race, his endorsement could turn the tables on Romney's campaign.

All who vouch for the ultimate (and self proclaimed) comeback kid Bill Clinton to publicly endorse Obama, please say I.

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