(CNN) – President Bush welcomed new British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to Camp David late Sunday afternoon, as they hold their first meetings since Brown took office.
Brown landed at Andrews Air Force Base in a driving rain, and boarded a presidential fleet helicopter for the flight to Camp David. The weather had cleared and the sun was shining as the chopper touched down. Mr. Bush greeted Brown as he stepped off, with 3 Marines carrying American flags and 3 Navy sailors carrying the Union Jack in place. They then walked past a military honor cordon of 10 Marines and ten sailors lined up in two rows.
They posed for pictures and chatted as a smiling Mr. Bush led Brown to a waiting golf cart. Pool reporters said Brown could be heard chuckling as the two walked. Brown said, “It’s a great pleasure to be at Camp David. It has so much history associated with it. Do you come here quite a bit?” The President replied, “I do, a lot”.
Mr. Bush drove the cart, labeled “Golf Cart One” with just the two men on board, with the President making a full circle in front of the camera before driving down the path.
The two are expected to have dinner Sunday night. They will hold meetings Monday morning where more weighty subjects including Iraq and terrorism will be discussed. The two leaders then take part in a media availability.
–CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk
The brits should hope this guy is not another Bush lap dog like Blair
I can only hope that Prime Minister Brown does not possess the same level of allegiance to President Bush that his predecessor Blair displayed.
We don't need Britain supporting President Bush's planned troop surges still void of any credible military strategy.
It appears President Bush's cellar ratings hasn't diminished his arrogance or adacity. It is quite nauseating to see him sitting so non chalantly with his smug grin on a Golf Cart looking forward to playing a game and a fine dinner. I hope whilst entertaining he will give at least one thought to the hundreds of thousands of troops he sent into harm's way and those who never returned. But I'll bet his only thought will be pressuring Brown to send more British Troops in aid of his pet War Project.
As the stomach turns. His departure from the White House can't come too soon.
GW is in for a rude awakening regardless of the lip service Brown is, and will undoubtedly give him about "staying the course". This war was doomed before it started and the British people are sick and tired of it. If Brown does not bend to the wishes of the people, they will simply break him like a tree in a hurricane.
Brown will withdraw his troops, and soon. Anyone who believes that Bush will be remembered for anything more than a dumb oafish war monger is a fool and likely a republican.
Corey Medicine Hat:
Well said, I agree 101%.
What is it with Bush and the Brit PM's anyway? Is he bribing them with money?
Queen Elizabeth didn't hold any love for Blair and it looks like Brown is starting out on the wrong foot if he has any desire to win her approval.