It seems that the most important phrase in England is “special relationship”. I’ve been hearing or reading about this in news reports and editorials for years. British politicians wet all over themselves whenever discussing what Americans think about them...or if they even consider them. This displays a lack of self-esteem, surprising when coming from an empire on which the sun formerly never set. It’s bit like a homeless person, who lost his wealth and is now pushing his worldly belongings in a battered shopping cart.
Today, it is reported that a new adjective has been hauled out of thesauruses to tack onto the alleged “relationship”: it is now essential. The shopping cart is just as battered, the possessions just as meager, and the outfit just as tattered, but the words have been polished.
During Obama’s visit, this term will be over-used by hyperventilating politicians and commentators. If printing presses were still in use, the letters in type-setting machine needed for this new adjective would wear thin quickly and have to be replaced. Of course, they would be replaced.
Sad, isn’t it, when a formerly great nation must rely on threads to boost its self-esteem?
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.