- The Washington Times - Monday, January 5, 2015

British Prime Minister David Cameron, who’s facing a tough re-election, bragged about his tight relationship with President Obama in a widely read interview with a local newspaper, saying the White House leader sometimes calls him “bro.”

Mr. Cameron made the claim in an interview with the Daily Mail — but not all saw the reference as a term of endearment.

The Guardian opined: “Let’s be real, David Cameron has a major crush on Barack Obama. For years, he has been trotting after the president, doing whatever it takes to form a ‘special relationship’ with the guy. They’ve taken bad-taste selfies together, played bad ping-pong together and spent hours chatting on the phone. Now, Cameron has exclusively revealed … that all that bonding has paid off and sometimes, Potus [sic] calls him ‘bro.’ Cameron is clearly chuffed by this appellation. He thinks it’s a compliment.” … Yo, Cameron, before you feel too flattered, I suggest you take a look at what ‘bro’ actually means.”

The newspaper goes on to say that “bro,” in Silicon Valley speak, means “skinny brogrammers”; in New York talk, “frat boys turned investment bankers”; and in the United Kingdom, the “douchebaggy evolution of ‘lads.’ ” Regardless, the general consensus of the terms is that it “tends to signify an unapologetically obnoxious and casually misogynistic white male who hangs out with a homogeneous group of other bros,” the Guardian reported.

And one more shot, from the Guardian: “The bro is a pack animal and thrives only in the company of others like himself.”

Mr. Cameron and Mr. Obama rocked worldwide headlines in 2013 with a selfie photograph of themselves on each side of blond Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, all smiling broadly, during Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in Johannesberg.

First lady Michelle Obama, meanwhile, was captured by a photographer sitting next to the trio, staring solidly ahead, with a disapproving expression on her face.

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