Op-Ed: It is unusual for this writer to agree with former London Mayor and top Tory Boris Johnson on anything but she does agree with him Monday as he "urges Obama not to intervene in EU debate."
US President Barack Obama is expected to make a visit to Great Britain in April. It will be his last as President of the USA as he winds down his second and final term in office.
He has already made it plain that he believes the UK is better staying a member country of the EU than leaving and so have some of his advisers. In February NEWTEKWORLDNEWS wrote "John Kerry may want Britain in EU but do you?"
But if POTUS allows himself to be dragged into the in /out EU debate here in the UK it will be a mistake and could act like reverse psychology on some voters.
Part of the problem is we Brits are fiercely independent and stubborn. We do not and will not take kindly to foreign interference in any shape or form.
Will the fact that form of interference from Obama will be advice from the leader of the country often called 'our greatest ally' make it acceptable?
Hardly, when only last week he raised a few hackles-"Obama criticises Cameron for having no long term Libya strategy after Gadaffi overthrow" wrote the IBTimes.
Seems we are not such great allies after all.
At time of writing BBC News says “No 10 has refused to comment on reports that the US president will use the visit to argue for the UK's continued EU membership.”
So how come his name in being bandied about and Boris Johnson is saying “it would be "outrageous hypocrisy" for US President Barack Obama to intervene directly in the EU referendum debate.”
“The London mayor wrote that it would be "wholly fallacious" of Mr Obama to use any trip to warn that the UK will lose global influence if it quits the EU.”
Downing Street, in other words David Cameron’s office, has said Mr Obama and other leaders are "worth listening to" but it will be a fine line between debate and interference.
Johnson supports the Brexit group campaigning for the UK to leave the EU whilst PM David Cameron is leading the BRemain campaign for the UK to stay in the EU.
But with the Tory government and in fact that political party spilt over Europe the waters are more than muddied.
The British electorate face a tough old time deciding whether Cameron’s alleged EU deal warrants an in / out vote on June 23 without everyman and his wife sticking their oars in.
For some voters though their minds and so their vote has been decided for years and the deal and views of others will not matter one iota.
Obama is due to attend a technology fair in Germany in late April and a source told the Independent on Sunday he would visit the British capital around that time.
21/3/2016 12:17:05 pm
Okay Obama does not need to comment on what is going on overseas. I have admired Obama overall, but there were a couple of times he could of commented on things happening in the US more than he has. For instance, no presidents ever come of the San Bernardino area, and even after the tragedies he only came to talk to the families for a day. Before that he never once set foot in this area, and sent Biden once for election stuff in 2012. Back in 2003 George Bush came to the San Bernardino area, and all he did was talk about how we have good burritos here. The funny thing is we have a growing population, and the second largest to Los Angeles, and there are so many economic problems here. Why do presidents feel the need to comment on foreign issues when there are some major things they could address here.
21/3/2016 12:28:16 pm
Or here is another thing Obama could comment on: the drinking water problem in many US communities that keeps coming up. Countries should fix some of their own problems, I think.
21/3/2016 03:07:58 pm
Absolutely Julia and well said.
22/3/2016 12:17:44 am
I agree that leaders do need to comment on world affairs to some degree, but it seems that English speaking leaders like to back each other up more than others. Maybe now with Hollande the tide is changing a bit, but it is kind of a funny phenomenon, really. For instance, I have no sympathy for factory farming here in the US, but I remember Prince Charles ruffled a few feathers when he spoke on how the US should change its cattle practices. Also, there was Ronald Reagan always writing letter of support to Margaret Thatcher, and I know her policies were not popular there. I wonder if she felt more secure in making such statements with someone always backing her every move, even when these we not popular with the people.
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