Obama swerved no fewer than five requests from Downing Street to hold a bilateral meeting either at the UN in New York or at the G20 summit starting in Pittsburgh today. Obama himself was in New York to deliver a speech to the UN. Brown’s own speech to the UN was delivered to a half-empty auditorium.
Brown is paying a price for encouraging the release of the Lockerbie bomber…
UPDATE : Downing Street is denying the story and briefing that the two leaders had already had one “wide-ranging discussion”. Here is where it gets comical. The “wide-ranging discussion” appears to have taken place in a kitchen at the UN.
Guido thinks it might have gone something like this:
Gordon: Mr President could you pass the salt?
Barack : Sure. How is Tony?
Gordon : He’s fine I imagine. Nice weather you are having for this time of year.
Barack : Gotta go. Enjoy your tofu. Tell David I’ll see him next year. See you in Pittsburgh.
UPDATE II : Despite invitations to all, only one American banker turned up to a meeting with the man who “saved the world” and the global banking system. How ungrateful of them.