British Will Be ‘Less Subservient' to U.S. During Obama Presidency, Democratic Senator Says

By Josiah Ryan | March 5, 2009 | 6:12 PM EST

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (AP Photo)

( - Britain's relations with the United States will be "less subservient” under the Obama administration than they were under the Bush administration, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) told on Wednesday.
Lautenberg’s comment came in the wake of British media reports that Obama had snubbed British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Tuesday by canceling a live press conference and omitting any formal dinners or receptions.
“I think it will be stronger,” said Lautenberg. “It will be less subservient—I use the word advisably because I think there was a lot of arm-twisting that went on to get support in Iraq, and I don’t think that the message was clear enough to the British to really throw themselves behind our quest in Iraq.”
Lautenberg spoke to minutes after Brown had finished speaking to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. Brown is a member of the Labour Party and succeeded Tony Blair as prime minister in June 2007.