Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Shorter Obama: More that unites us than divides us

At his joint press conference today with Gordon Brown, Obama expressed his faith and confidence that the world leaders would be able to agree a deal to boost the world's economy.

Mr Obama told the press conference in the Foreign Office’s Locarno Room that America was willing to lead the world out of crisis, but could not do it on its own.

With France and Germany making it publicly clear they are not yet ready to sign up to the final communique, Mr Obama was at his smoothest — and it was a hugely smooth performance — when playing down the divisions.

“I am absolutely confident that this meeting will reflect enormous consensus about the need to work in concert to deal with these problems,” he said.

“The separation between the various parties has been vastly over-stated.”

This is a very Obama theme:

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