White House

George W. Bush’s bombastic return to the world stage has reminded me of my favourite Bush anecdote, which for various reasons we couldn’t publish at the time. Some of the witnesses still dine out on it.

The venue was the Oval Office. A group of British dignitaries, including Gordon Brown, were paying a visit. It was at the height of the 2008 presidential election campaign, not long after Bush publicly endorsed John McCain as his successor. 

They said Clegg was the new Obama. But when set against the real thing, well, he didn’t quite live up to the billing.

Clegg should be proud that his United Nations speech won a mention in the White House “pool report”, which is sent to dozens of US news outlets.