Thursday, May 17, 2007

The remains of their days

Quick impressions on the Blair-Bush news conference. There was often a role reversal, with Bush wistful and reflective and Blair being more passionate and repeatedly indicating that he viewed values as trumping questions of implementation or competence. Bush still doesn't like reporters and he likes the British ones even less. And with their fairly abysmal questions (except for this), most with entirely predictable answers, they don't help themselves anyway.

From the British perspective, probably the main news was Bush's complete diss of David Cameron, never mentioned in response to a question that was about him, and then given a "never met him" when the questioner tried to follow up. Could be awkward if the UK does have a change of power before Bush leaves office, although Bush's attitude may indicate that Blair has told him that Gordon intends to serve the full parliamentary term.

No comments: