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Will David Cameron hit it off with Obama more than Brown did?

The chilly rapport between Obama and David Cameron’s predecessor, Gordon Brown, is a thing of the past. The weeks ahead will tell if the 'special relationship' between the US and UK still has life.

New British Prime Minister David Cameron, right, and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg hold their first joint press conference in the garden of 10 Downing Street in London, Wednesday.

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David Cameron hardly had time to figure out the phone system at 10 Downing Street Tuesday when a long-distance call was coming in – from Barack Obama in Washington.

“As I told the prime minister, the United States has no closer friend and ally than the United Kingdom, and I reiterated my deep and personal commitment to the special relationship between our two countries,” Mr. Obama said in a statement.

On Wednesday, responding to a question at a press conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Obama said he found Mr. Cameron to be "a smart, dedicated, effective leader." In their Tuesday conversation, "we both reaffirmed the extraordinary special relationship between the US and Great Britain,” Obama added. “It's not going to go away."

So there it was – the “special relationship.” Winston Churchill first used the term to describe a bond based on historical ties and like values.

Now that the chilly rapport between Obama and Cameron’s predecessor, Gordon Brown, is a thing of the past, the weeks ahead will tell if indeed the “special relationship” that spans decades still has life in it.


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