The UK's ability to fight terrorism would be "more effective" if it sticks together with its European allies, the US President Barack Obama has said. Writing in the Daily Telegraph Mr Obama also said being inside the EU magnifies Britain's influence across the world. The president arrived for a three-day visit of the UK late on Thursday. Full story >>
The cartoon by Dave Brown from The Independent shows UK prime minister David Cameron and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne welcoming Obama as he arrives in Britain on Air Force One, the presidential plane. Osborne is holding a placard which reads, "Hail to the Chief and saviour from Brexit". However, Obama is portrayed as a duck with one arm in a sling and a leg in plaster going 'quack'. Do you know why? Read on to find out ...
To understand this cartoon you need to be familiar with the expression 'lame duck'. First of all, lame is an adjective used to describe a person or animal that cannot walk properly as the result of an injury or illness affecting the leg or foot. And in politics, a lame duck is an elected official whose successor has already been elected. The official is often seen as having less influence with other politicians due to their limited time left in office. This is the case of Obama, even though the next president will not be elected until November. In fact, if you look closely you can see that the US seal on the plane has Donald Trump's hair! The cartoonist is making the point that while Cameron and Osborne are counting on Obama to give the faltering 'Remain' campaign a boost in their fight to avoid Brexit, the president may not be as influential as they hope. It's worth noting that Cameron is also being seen as a lame duck by some commentators, since, whatever the result of the referendum, his position as leader of the Conservative Party looks increasingly precarious. As usual, see The Phrase Finder for the origin of the expression 'lame duck'.
"Hail to the Chief" is the official Presidential Anthem of the United States. The song's playing accompanies the appearance of the President of the United States at many public appearances. Hail is an archaic interjection used to express acclamation.