... A new poll revealed that the president's personal approval ratings have slumped to levels below those of George W. Bush at the same stage of his first term.
... Camille Paglia, the feminist writer who was early and vocal Obama fan, said: "Heads should be rolling at the White House for the embarrassing series of flubs that have overshadowed President Obama's first seven weeks in office."
She denounced "the fiasco of the ham-handed White House reception for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown" and said that Mr Obama's aides were a "posse of smirky smart alecks and provincial rubes" who seemed like "dazed lost lambs in the brave new world of federal legislation and global statesmanship". Ms Paglia added on Salon.com that Mr Obama "has been ill-served by his advisers and staff."
Nile Gardiner, the foremost conservative expert on the special relationship in Washington, is gunning for the official at the state department who told The Sunday Telegraph last weekend that Britain deserved no special favours and was "just the same as the other 190 countries in the world".
Dr Gardiner, director of the Margaret Thatcher Centre for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation, said: "The official's highly insulting remarks were the most offensive comments directed against Britain by any U.S. representative in recent memory.