Obama Looks for 'Consensus' in a Turbulent World
By Ben Pershing
President Obama has already begun trying to save the U.S. financial system and housing industry, and is laying the groundwork to reshape the nation's health care. So how much harder could it be for him to bring the whole world together behind a plan to fix the global economy?
Speaking from London this morning, Obama predicted "enormous consensus" from the G-20 meeting about the need to work together in this time of crisis. Given events in the world, consensus of any kind seems like a tall order. France and Germany are teaming up to counter the U.S. and Britain with their own set of reform proposals. Russia and China want the dollar replaced as the world's reserve currency. Outside the summit, North Korea says it will shoot down U.S. planes monitoring its missile launch. And the administration has had it's first (brief) face-to-face meeting with Iran. Obama has talked often of his ability to multitask, so now he's got another chance to prove it.
Obama has already met with Gordon Brown this morning and done a joint media appearance with the British prime minister. Obama is meeting with Dmitry Medvedev at this writing. (If either of them follows the Political Browser Twitter feed, they will be able to pause and read this post. Good luck, comrades!) The two men are expected to announce an agreement on "principles for cooperation" between the two countries. Later on, the president and first lady will have a private audience with Queen Elizabeth II. The couple has reportedly been briefed on proper palace etiquette and so know not to wink at Her Majesty or do anything else embarrassingly American.
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