Magazine March 19, 2012, Issue

Cousinhood, Lately

President Obama delivers remarks as then-Vice President Joe Biden looks on in Washington, D.C., July 21, 2010. (Jim Young/Reuters)
Notes on Anglo-American relations in the time of Obama

In the middle of March, President and Mrs. Obama will host a state dinner for British prime minister David Cameron and his first lady, Samantha (known in Britain’s popular press as “Sam Cam”). It should be a fairly glamorous affair, and reported as so. The Obamas are about 50, and the Camerons several years younger than that. All four individuals have a sense of style. Photographers will be pleased.

Obama and Cameron may not be FDR and Churchill, or Ronnie and Maggie, but they are said to get on. No one would say, though, that the course of Anglo-American relations, in

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