The power of the President/PM

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-30824446

David Cameron and Barack Obama met this week and amongst the topics for discussion, in the light of recent events in Paris, was terrorism. This in itself is worth a read but more importantly is the image of these two leaders that this article, and this meeting, portrays – the role of Head of State.

In the case of Cameron, this could be seen as a rise of presidentialism – meeting Obama as the representative of the UK, being on the world stage with him and debating policy with him.

In the case of Obama, it is more evidence about the power a President has when it comes to foreign policy (even when it is domestic policy masquerading as foreign policy!) and perhaps even evidence of a second term President turning to the area where he can be strongest – especially in the face of an opposition Congress – i.e. foreign policy.

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