April 1, 2009
Your Turn: That Was Then, This Is Now
Can you see any contrast in style comparing Obama's first presidential trip to England a with Bush's trip in '03?
What about the fact the men are positioned on the outside in the top photo? This arrangement suggests a lot about the characters involved, particularly Bush — who, for all his supposed affiliation with Blair, lacked the temperament to get close with anyone. Obama, on the other hand, puts Bush to shame just in his friendly attitude.
(image: Julian Herbert/Getty Images. caption: U.S. President George W. Bush and his wife Laura pose on the step of 10 Downing Street with Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie on November 20, 2003 in London. Bush is in London on a four day official state visit which has sparked massive street protests across the capital.) (image: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Europe. caption: Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah Brown (L) meet with U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife first lady Michelle Obama in Downing Street on April 1, 2009 in London, England. Obama is on his first trip to the UK as President and will be attending G20 world leaders' summit dedicated to tackling the global financial crisis).