Friday, February 27, 2009
Cowen to hang with Obama
It is confirmed. Taoiseach Brian Cowen will travel to Washington to meet with President Obama at the White house on St Patricks day. This is a tradition that began during the Clinton years and continued through the Bush era. However many have been wondering in recent weeks if Obama would renew this little get together amidst speculation Obama values little the relationship between the US and Ireland. This doubt was fuelled by the late date at which the White House invitation was received and by the general fear that Obama wants to re-evaluation the future of US companies based in Ireland as he begins a new phase of protectionist economics, an issue which might tempt the President to skip the Paddys day festivities. Not to be though and Brian Cowen will now be the third foreign leader to meet with Obama in Washington after the Japanese and British Prime Ministers.