The US Presidential hopeful Barack Obama has been forced to defend this week’s world tour in the face of opposition political attacks back home.
After talks in London, Obama admitted that some American voters might have preferred him to campaign in the United States and not travel abroad gaining foreign policy experience.
“I’m not sure that there’s going to be some immediate political impact,” he told reporters in Downing Street. “I would not even be surprised that in some polls that you saw a little bit of a dip as a consequence. We have been out of the country for a week, people are worried about gas prices, they are worried about home foreclosures.”
The London leg of Obama’s tour included talks with a man whose political fortunes could not be more different. Prime Minister Gordon Brown is under mounting pressure following a string of election defeats, while Obama has drawn huge crowds wherever he has spoken.
Brown was careful to avoid being accused of taking sides in the Presidential campaign, and gave Obama a similar welcome to that he offered his rival John McCain earlier this year.
Then there was the sight of two young politicians with their eyes on the top job. Conservative leader David Cameron greeted Obama at the Houses of Parliament, for a photo-opportunity rich in history.
Obama has drawn big crowds and won applause throughout his seven country, 16,000 kilometres trip. It remains to be seen if America is equally impressed.