- The Washington Times - Friday, January 16, 2015

As President Obama hosts his “bro” David Cameron at the White House, the American leader on Friday explained why he uses the informal term when speaking to the British prime minister.

At the outset of a press conference, Mr. Obama poked fun at the media for obsessing over whether he does, in fact, refer to Mr. Cameron as “bro.”

“Some explored the linguistic origins of the word ‘bro.’ Others debated its definition. Some analyzed how this term has evolved over time. Some seemed confused and asked, ‘What does Obama mean?’” the president said. “And so let me put this speculation to rest. Put simply, David is a great friend. He’s one of my closest and most trusted partners in the world.”

Mr. Cameron also described Mr. Obama as a close friend, but hinted that he doesn’t use the word “bro” when speaking to the U.S. president.

“On so many issues we see the world the same way. And most of the time we speak the same language,” he said.

• Ben Wolfgang can be reached at bwolfgang@washingtontimes.com.

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