The US Presidential hopeful Barack Obama has met political leaders in Britain, on the last stage of his breathless world tour. After breakfast talks with former Prime Minister Tony Blair, he came to Downing Street to see its present incumbent, Gordon Brown:
“I would say that the Prime Minister’s emphasis, like mine, is on how we can strengthen the trans-Atlantic relationship to solve problems that can’t be solved by any single country individually: climate change, the issue of international terrorism, some of the issues surrounding financial markets,” said Obama. “I am looking forward to the possibility of seeing the United States and Great Britain taking the lead of on some of the necessary reforms.”
Obama’s tour has taken in seven countries and covered some 16,000 kilometres as he tries to earn foreign policy experience after criticism from political opponents in the United States.
The Prime Minister did not want to be accused of taking sides in the upcoming Presidential election. Protocol demanded Obama be given the same prominence accorded to his rival John McCain earlier this year. McCain has attacked the world’s media for what he denounced as its “fawning approach” to Obama’s trip.