POTUS has been doing his best to act like the feckless politician we expect him to be and along the way, pissing off our best allies....The BRITS have been in our corner for decades. Churchill and Roosevelt knew that the American people & the British are linked by more than common interest....Unfortunately, our President doesn't give a rat's arse for what's best for us, he is trying to settle a personal grudge.
Allegedly, his ancestors were mistreated by the Brits so he is acting like the petulant child he is...Look, everyone's family had issues with someone in the past - My Irish ancestors were run off their land by the Brits and that was 200 years ago.
To hold today's British responsible for the actions of others would be foolish and show a lack of maturity. Obviously, that is something our President doesn't grasp.
He went out of his way to stick it to them and went out of his way to play " kiss ass" with the French. While I appreciate Sarkozy has made significant effort to make France a better ally, they are no way near as good an ally to us as the Brits are.
But our President doesn't care about what's best for the USA, only what suits his personal political grudges.....feckless and reckless. It is not Presidential and with him, that is no big surprise.
France is our biggest ally, declares Obama: President's blow to Special Relationship with Britain
By Tim Shipman - UK Mail
11th January 2011
Barack Obama has declared that France is America’s greatest ally, undermining Britain’s Special Relationship with the U.S.
The President risked offending British troops in Afghanistan by saying that French president Nicolas Sarkozy is a ‘stronger friend’ than David Cameron.
The remarks, during a White House appearance with Mr Sarkozy, will reinforce the widely-held view in British diplomatic circles that Mr Obama has less interest in the Special Relationship than any other recent American leader.
Mr Obama said: 'We don’t have a stronger friend and stronger ally than Nicolas Sarkozy, and the French people.'
The comments follow a pattern of coldness towards the UK. When Gordon Brown was prime minister, Mr Obama snubbed his requests for meetings in the U.S.
He also denounced Britain during his inauguration speech.
The UK has lost nearly 350 troops in the war against the Taliban – seven times as many as France.
And there are more than 10,000 British soldiers serving in Helmand province, compared with just 3,850 Frenchmen.Mr Obama's stance was swiftly condemned in Westminster.
Tory MP Patrick Mercer, a former commander of the Sherwood Foresters regiment, said: 'I’m getting a bit fed up with the American President using terms like "best ally" so loosely.
'It’s Britain that has had more than 300 servicemen killed in Afghanistan, not France.
'That to my mind is a lot more powerful than any political gesture making.'
The remarks also angered conservatives in Washington.
Nile Gardiner, director of the Margaret Thatcher Centre For Freedom at the Heritage Foundation think-tank, said: 'Quite what the French have done to merit this kind of high praise from the U.S. President is difficult to fathom.
'And if the White House means what it says this represents an extraordinary sea change in foreign policy.'Dr Gardiner, a former aide to Lady Thatcher, added: 'To suggest that Paris and not London is Washington’s strongest partner is simply ludicrous.
'Such a remark is not only factually wrong but insulting to Britain, not least coming just a few years after the French knifed Washington in the back over the war in Iraq.
For Obama his apparent coldness towards Britain may stem from his paternal grandfather being jailed.
According to his Kenyan family, Hussein Onyango Obama was arrested and jailed for two years after working as a cook for a British army officer after World War II.
They say he was tortured for information on the Kenyan independence movement.
Sarah Onyango, Hussein Onyango’s third wife and the woman Mr Obama is said to refer to as 'Granny Sarah', told reporters: 'The African warders were instructed by the white soldiers to whip him every morning and evening till he confessed.'
In his memoir, Dreams From My Father, Mr Obama refers briefly to the imprisonment but states that his grandfather was 'found innocent' and held for 'more than six months'.