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Byline: Mark Austin

DOWNING a pint of the black stuff in an Irish pub... cooking up a BBQ for American servicemen... then enjoying a banquet with the Queen and chatting away with Kate and Wills -bigger stars than anyone Hollywood has to offer...

President Obama's quick trip across the pond went off like a dream.

As the White House looks ahead to elections in 2012, this was a stunning PR success, no doubt lapped up by the folks back home.

David Cameron basked in the reflected glory as well. The sun shone, the President gave him a high five and a ride in the Beast, as well as reaffirming the special nature of the special relationship.

What more could David Cameron have asked for?

Well, quite a lot actually.

What the Prime Minister wanted was a Presidential seal of approval for our spending cuts and austerity programme. He didn't get it.

What the Prime Minister wanted was more American help in getting rid of Col Gaddafi. He didn't get it.

All he got was an acknowledgement from Mr Obama that Libya was going to take a long time to sort out.

And what the Prime Minister wanted was the hint of speeded up withdrawal from Afghanistan after the killing of Bin Laden. He didn't get it.

In short what David Cameron got was a big hug. And considering it came from a man he didn't even back for the White House, he should be happy enough with that.


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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 29, 2011
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