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'I rooted for Germany,' David Cameron confesses

AFP · 21 Jul 2010, 08:09

Published: 21 Jul 2010 08:09 GMT+02:00

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Cameron revealed that he had quaffed down Chicago beer, given to him by President Barack Obama, while watching the quarterfinal showdown between Argentina and Germany and it had unexpected results.

"I enjoyed it so much that when I watched Germany beat Argentina, I actually cheered for Germany," Cameron said at a White House news conference. That's a big admission for a British person to make. So the beer is obviously very effective," Cameron said, introducing new levels of frankness to the vaunted US-American "special relationship."

Before facing Argentina, Germany humiliated England in the tournament, turfing them out of the second round stage, in a 4-1 rout.

The Germans have regularly broken English hearts in big tournaments, since the rare moment of joy for England, when they beat the old enemy in the 1966 World Cup final.

To be fair to Cameron, he was not left with much of a choice in the quarter-final match-up, as Argentina have inflicted their share of soul crushing moments on the hapless English squad.

Obama and Cameron made a beer bet on the United States v England World Cup group stage clash, which ended in a 1-1 draw, so swapped beverages from their respective homelands when they met at the G20 summit in Toronto last month.

The US leader presented Cameron with a bottle of Goose Island 312 from his home city of Chicago, while Cameron gave Obama a bottle of Hobgoblin, made in his constituency in Oxfordshire, west of London.

During the press conference, in the ornate East Room of the White House, Obama and Cameron referred to one another as "Barack" and "David" – seeking to add a personal touch to their official deliberations.

Obama also went out of his way to say "special relationship" - as soon as he opened his mouth - seeking apparently to scotch impressions that he did not revere the long alliance with Britain as his predecessors had.

It was also one of the rare occasions when Obama was confronted with a younger, fresher leader during his gruelling 18-month presidency.

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The youthful Cameron, 43, is not yet aged by the cares of office, after moving into 10 Downing Street only in May.

Obama, 48, is graying and sometimes appears fatigued, as he battles the lingering economic crisis, stewards the gruelling Afghan war, and braces for a bitterly contested mid-term congressional election season in November.

Cameron kept the football metaphor going during a press conference following his first talks at the White House with Obama.

"While at the World Cup our teams could only manage a score draw, I believe our relationship can be a win-win," he said.

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Your comments about this article

11:51 July 21, 2010 by tofukitty
Don't care if Cameron did root for Germany, I still can't look at him without getting a chill down my spine. And not in a good way.
16:24 July 21, 2010 by Jasmine33
Be nice if Obama could sit upright instead of slouched in his chair with his tie hanging to one side, bottle of beer hanging as if he's about to drop it. Wonder how many he's had when this picture was taken. Good grief, America has had some presidents do some embarrasing things, but now we see a picture of a beer-toting president. Wonder if I went to the White House if I'd be greeted by being offered a bottle of beer or whiskey?
17:08 July 21, 2010 by JohnnesKönig
I would say he is a good sport to root for his near neighbor. But I would take offense to the picture sitting with the all time worse US president. He does not represent the office he holds as we the people would expect. He will be a lame duck soon!

Glad to see Cameron represent his position as one would expect.
19:43 July 21, 2010 by vonSchwerin
What were Cameron's choices?

-- a German team that were plucky underdogs and that had a modern, diverse demography


-- an Argentine team coached the "Hand of God", braggart and nefarious cheater against England

I think it's obvious which one most English would choose.
22:55 July 22, 2010 by authun

How dare he act natural when you might be seeing a picture of him later! I'm sure he'll know better next time, though.
16:50 July 23, 2010 by Linda Rivera
In Britain, Muslims and Islam are elevated above All other People and religions. Is there anyone in the UK Government who protects the rights of Non-Muslims? Polygamy is against the law in Britain and punished by up to seven years in jail. The law is applied to everyone except Muslims. Provided Muslims marry multiple wives overseas, Muslims are richly rewarded and given welfare benefits for their multiple wives. Some Muslim men maintain two separate homes, driving between each home. Britain is Islamic paradise for Muslim males.

The UK and other European governments have set up many supremacist Islamic sharia law courts revealing Western leaders' utter contempt for the Western justice system of equal rights. Under Islamic law, women are inferior and defenseless non-Muslims have no human rights. Unless a drastic change occurs, due to extremely high Muslim immigration and very high birth-rate, Muslims will become the majority and cruel sharia law will replace Britain and Europe's justice system.

In Sweden, many Muslim youth wear a t-shirt proclaiming: "2030-then we take over"
20:08 July 23, 2010 by moonstep1969
David Cameron wasn't the Prime Minister I would have voted for if I were a British citizen - however, I must say that he, at least so far, shows more promise than I thought.

Barack Obama is quite a disappointment as President, but anyways he's 100 times better than a Republican alternative. I shudder when trying to imagine the scenario if McCain and Palin had won in 2008.
20:17 July 23, 2010 by fredsaxon
It is good that Cameron 'rooted' for Germany. A step in the right direction, indeed! Europeans need to get over apologising for everything and be proud of their incredible history of achievement. US is a mess, let them sort it out. Keep Turkey at arm's length till they become more normal and less militantly religious.

Europe has a major issue with their languages. But they must collaborate and consolidate to form a Nation.
22:01 July 23, 2010 by Linda Rivera
Why is violent aggressor and massive human rights abuser, Turkey, a member of NATO? FREE Cypress from illegal occupation by Muslim Turkey! Freedom and human rights for Greeks and other non-Muslims!
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