Friday, October 3, 2008

Obama still finding his feet, says British envoy

LONDON, Oct 3 (KUNA) -- Barack Obama is a "decidedly liberal" senator "who was finding his feet, and then got diverted by his presidential ambitions", according to a frank verdict delivered to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown by the British ambassador to the United States.

Sir Nigel Sheinwald, ambassador in Washington since last year, delivered his unvarnished assessment of the White House front runner in a seven-page letter Brown, obtained by The Daily Telegraph newspaper here, just before the Democratic nominee's visit to Downing Street just over two months ago, the paper said Friday.

The candid letter, marked as containing "sensitive judgments" and requesting officials to "protect the contents carefully" gives a remarkable insight into how the British Foreign Office views the political phenomenon who stunned Brown's inner circle by defeating their favourite, Hillary Clinton, in the Democratic primaries.

Although the picture Sir Nigel paints is a highly complimentary one, Obama's speeches are "elegant" and "mesmerising", he is "highly intelligent" and has "star quality", he also judges that his "policies are still evolving" and that if elected he will "have less of a track record than any recent president".
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1 comment:

Tim Marshall said...

Suprisingly this hasn't got much pick up in UK. And unless the US media or the Obama campaign takes it up - won't it just blow over?