Most people in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland have tended to side with America on most things. I wonder for how much longer? With the Canadians they have borne the brunt of the fighting in Afghanistan and they were the major supporter in Iraq, despite the growing unpopularity of the war there. Going back as far as Korea, the British were the major supporters of America's war there, and suffered some of the severest losses. Mrs Thatcher was very close to Ronald Reagan, and can claim a share in ending the Cold War.
But recently, this new President in America seems to be going out of his way to be offensive. The first thing he did when obtaining office was to return a bust of Winston Churchill that the British government had loaned the White House after 9/11. He then presented Gordon Brown with a set of DVDs that wouldn't work on British machines - it was almost as though he realized late that an exchange of gifts was usual, so he sent his kids round to the nearest corner shop for a present.
Then when Brown was in town the only time he could fit him in for a meeting was as he walked through the United Nation's kitchens.
For all America claims to believe in self-determination, this Administration would rather curry favor with the Argentinians than accept the near-unanimous vote of the Falkland Islanders to remain British.
Some people see this as a hangover from the attitudes of his biological father who had definite anti-British feelings as a Kenyan national at the time of the Mau-Mau uprising, others will concur with Mr Obama's senior aides who told a recent campaign biographer that they found meeting Mr Brown a 'depressing experience' and said there was an 'end of regime feel' to his Government, but I think that this is just symptomatic of the whole left wing Administration, that doesn't know who its friends are. Recently we have seen snubs for Indonesia and Australia and a mega-insult to Israel, while he actually bows to the King of Saudi Arabia.
Or perhaps America has just elected a very rude man to be their President. I Googled "Obama snubs" and got 213,000 hits.