Brown will be pleased with the press conference that ended ten minutes ago.
Obama backed him on pretty much all his key messages – global problem/solution, fiscal stimulus etc.
In fact, he came up with the sound-bite Brown has been looking for on public spending: “Don’t short change the future because of fear in the present.”
The leaders’ show of unity means Cameron, who’s also meeting Obama, will concede the publicity battle today.
Marked was the ease at which Obama switched from the serious business of state to small talk.
He mentioned talking to Brown’s kids about dinosaurs in between discussions about Iraq and Afghanistan as if he was chatting in someone’s kitchen.
Brown’s attempt a little later, a comment about exercise and treadmills, was at least not as flat as the “tennis” embarrassment in the White House.