London, England (CNN) - As Britons head to the polls Thursday in what is clearly a historic election, comparisons to the 2008 U.S. presidential race are everywhere: from intense voter interest, to candidate debates and references to telegenic politicians.
But no comparison may be more unexpected than that made on the front page of The Sun, a Fleet Street newspaper, which borrowed the iconic Barack Obama "Hope" campaign poster to endorse Conservative David Cameron. Cameron's image graces the newspaper with the message, "Our Only Hope" and underscores the strange bedfellow relationship that has developed between Cameron and President Obama.
(View the full image of The Sun's front page after the jump)
Cameron and Obama are hardly ideological soul mates, as Obama's Democratic Party is by and large liberal, while Cameron's Tory party is conservative. But the two men have more in common than you might think. Cameron is relying on strategic advice from two well-known American political consultants, Anita Dunn and Bill Knapp. Dunn and Knapp were key advisors to Obama during his successful presidential bid and Dunn went on to work as the White House communications director for a period of time before returning to the private sector.
And British commentators have repeatedly compared Cameron's campaign style to that of Obama. On the final day of campaigning, Cameron dragged the media to a fish and chips restaurant in Scotland where he promptly purchased 26 meals for his campaign staff and the media. Virtually every commentator called the move distinctly Obama-like.
Pre-election polls had Cameron's Conservative Party in the lead, but perhaps not far enough ahead to win an outright majority of the seats in Parliament.
CNN will reveal exit polling at 5 p.m. ET on the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.
View the full front page of The Sun is below:
What people need to realize is that Britain and Europe's conservatives are unlike our conservatives. I lived in the UK and am married to a European, and I can tell anyone that Britons and Europeans in nature are fairly liberal. Britain's Conservative Party could probably be our Democratic Party.
Slow news day? Obama didn't give them the idea. Cameron did make up the picture- this is a non-story filling up space.
LOL! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! ROTFL!!!!!!!!!!!....oh this is down right hilarious. C'mon Brits...you can do better than this...but thanks for the compliment!
I've read a lot about David Cameron, and despite being an American in Texas, I can see a lot that he could do for the UK. He seems like an inviting and involved leader, and a little better than Gordon Brown in terms of style. This is, of course, speaking solely from an outside perspective.
"Virtually every commentator called the move distinctly Obama-like." ... you can put lipstick on a pig all you want, it doesn't make it any less of a pig. From the debates I've seen, David Cameron seems like a pretty cool guy, but buying your staff and journalists a fish-and-chips dinner doesn't make him Obama-like any more than Dick Cheney smiling makes him less Darth Vader like.
I'll trade you 2 Obamas for 1 Cameron.
Here is an observation! A few weeks ago some of you liberals trumpeted the stock market at 11,000 and gave big props to the President. Today we are around 9880 What now? Just an observation!
While leaders all over the world are trying desperately to emulate Obama, some very stupid/perverse US pseudo-leaders are trying desperately to denigrate him. Wake up and smell the coffee – it can really refresh you!
It's that "special relationship." Blair was Clinton's poodle, then Bush II's. Now it's Cameron's turn.
Two countries, one a relic, the other a declining power, hand in hand as they walk into the sunset. Sweet.