Obama shows the way

  Stuartli 11:24 01 Apr 09
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Just been watching the Obama and Brown Press conference on Sky News and been struck by the sharp contrast between them.

Obama, despite having been in office as President for only a few weeks, came across as relaxed, assured and able to comment off the cuff with ease.

In contrast, Brown gazed with apparent awe at the President, in the manner of an eager puppy waiting for its master's commands and then speaking in a somewhat robotic fashion whenever issuing seemingly much rehearsed sound bites (most of which we've heard before).

No wonder the Americans took to Blair so readily, even though his stock gradually began to fall in the UK amongst much of the electorate.

  dagnammit 11:28 01 Apr 09

Gordo is an embarrassment.

  Quickbeam 11:50 01 Apr 09

The difference is that Obama is the most powerful man in the world... and he knows it.

  spuds 00:08 02 Apr 09

There was a Obama documentary on television recently, which gave an insight to a real smart and shrewd person who had experienced both sides of the fence when he was growing up, which will be a great thing in the role he as to do.

Our present prime minister and his followers,seems to be losing more credibility every day.

  Forum Editor 00:37 02 Apr 09

is this habit some people have of downing our country at every opportunity.

President Obama looked relaxed because he was - he was away from home, on his first foreign visit since taking office, and is a guest here. He comments off the cuff with ease because he doesn't have the White House press pack to contend with, and because he's still basking somewhat in the afterglow of his election.

Gordon Brown is the host, and well aware of the fact that Obama chose him to be the first foreign leader visited in his own country - it's a status indicator, and Gordon is acutely conscious of it.

Don't forget that the current financial crisis owes its beginnings to American ineptitudes in the sub-prime markets. Obama knows that, and as he has said 'nobody is to blame, but everyone's responsible'. He knows that we can only get out of the mire if we cooperate on a global scale.

Obama's a good man, I have no doubts about that, but whether that translates into being a good president remains to be seen.

  laurie53 08:16 02 Apr 09

Gordon Brown has the final responsibility for keeping safe a man who many thousands, both home grown and international, actively wish to see dead.

That's enough to make anyone a bit edgy.

  Bingalau 08:25 02 Apr 09

I thought that for a man with handicaps, such as a speech impediment and only one eye Gordon did very well.

  Stuartli 10:20 02 Apr 09

Funnily enough, Quentin Letts uses the same doggy term in his piece today on the meeting of the two minds:

click here

  bremner 10:47 02 Apr 09

I was in the US in early 2008 when one of the major primaries was in full swing.

Obama / Clinton held a two hour TV debate and Clinton was relaxed spoke with clarity and confidence. Obama appeared ill at ease and spoke with far less fluidity and confidence.

I was back in the US in late August and could not believe the change in Obama. At ease, confident and a great speaker . Of course by then he had won the Democratic nomination and was clear favourite for the presidency.

Gordon Brown is a leader who has not won an election and it seems at this time unlikely to do so. He is being battered on all sides for many reasons and even in his pomp as Chancellor was never an exciting public speaker.

I think we would see a different GB if he were to win a general election as leader of the Labour party.

  newman35 11:48 02 Apr 09

Everything will be alright now - Bob Geldof has arrived at the summit!!!

  oresome 19:04 02 Apr 09

Obama, like Clinton and Blair comes across as a confident assured public speaker.

Whether this translates into being a good leader, time will tell.

Brown has never had the ability to talk naturally and connect with the audience. You always get the impression that whatever the question, the rehearsed answer will be the response whether it answers the question or not.

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