Obama meets Brown at No. 10.
The pool was split for the No. 10 events. We arrived before Obama and were
prepositioned on the patio to await Obama and Brown. Your pooler did not
see Obama's arrival but at 9:03 a.m., the two came out of the doors and
onto the patio.
They chatted while photogs took pictures. Brown pointed out No. #11
Downing Street, which is attached, and is home to the Chancellor of the
Exchequer. Brown, a great student of America, referred to the office as
"the treasury secretary." The only other thing your pooler heard was Obama
asking about a statue of Abraham Lincoln he had seen at some point (perhaps
on a previous trip). "I didn't realize there was a statue of Abraham
The two men sat in well-padded wicker chairs. Before they arrived, a man
brought out two glasses of water, lemon slices and some cookies. The stone
patio has a number of large flower boxes.
We were ushered back into the building while Brown and Obama continued to
talk, one-on-one. We could see them through a window. Brown, leaning in,
appeared to be doing more of the talking when your pooler looked out.
Obama, hand on cheeck, listened. They were still there when we were moved
through No. #10 for the next photo op, a walk in the garden. For those who
remember Hugh Grant's singing and dancing on the stairway in "Love
Actually, we were led down the real stairway, which includes pictures of
all the prime ministers. Then we passed through a room with photos of
About 10:05 a.m., Obama and Brown descended the steps from the patio to the
garden and strolled across the grass, each with a hand in pocket, in an
animated conversation. They then turned onto a walkway that runs from No.
10's door to the back wall. They walked from there to the back wall, a door
opened and they emerged into public view onto what is known as Horse Guards
(sorry but will need to check spelling and capitalization. My map calls it
Horse Guardd Parade but local photog said it's called Horseguards.
Brown and Blair, with armed security in evidence, walked across the huge
stone (like pea gravel) court yard toward St. James's Park. They paused to
look across at the Guards Memorial, a large sculpture. Local folks said
it's rare for Brown to do this with visitors.
The entire walk took just over five minutes and the two walked back into
No. 10 to continue their talks. They were inside by about 10:10 a.m. And
the pool came outside to join everyone else.
Pardon any typos. Done on BlackBerry.