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Caption competition: Ed Miliband meets Barack Obama

22 July 2014

12:04 AM

22 July 2014

12:04 AM

I’m in the US right now, where the national conversation is – it’s safe to say – not fixed on Ed Miliband’s White House trip. We now have photographic proof of this event, but what’s Barack Obama saying? A prize for the best suggestion.

PS some unkind souls have suggested that this picture is the unfortunate type, taken by a malicious photographer. This is the official picture released by the Labour Party. I assume there were a few worse ones rejected.

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  • Marie Shanahan

    Perhaps people are being slightly mean. Washington, I am sure, wants to be closer to Britain. I know the American people do. (Yes, I have listened to all of the casts that our “special relationship” was born in something not very inclined to “special.”) I just don’t think it’s true. There is a natural “affection” that we American have to the UK, in general. We look at you and see “us.” Anyway. So much pressure if put upon this term that is has, in ways, and I mean this kindly, “worn” something away from the term. I wish they were both more relaxed. Miliband looks uncomfortable. Obama looks uncomfortable. I bet they both wished that things were as easy and fluid between us as they could be. Maybe we should start afresh our kinship. Do away with the term “special relationship” and see what is left? I’m going to say both nations would find themselves looking into the face of what is, against many odds, a real “friend.” Say what you want of us, but when we see Britain stumbling or troubled, it draws frowns from America. We truly want the UK to be strong and prosperous. Not because it “suits us” but because we smile when good things are happening there. We frown when bad things are happening there. Like a friend. I hope the new 2016 President (with respect to President Obama) is a “God send” in this area. We could be a lot more than we are now. We should be.

  • Fred Collier

    ‘Mine’s about this big’

  • Ian Spriggs

    “What
    kind of a cockamamie deal is this? You
    agreed to perform for me as a double act – but I don’t see Gromit!”

  • JackBlack1

    “As payment for the CIA ‘taking care’ of your brother, we’d like to video you eating a bacon roll yea big in one bite!”

  • Malicious Jester

    You need to drop the Wallace Look Ed, Children’s entertainers are not getting great press in your country.

  • TJ

    Obama: “Lets get real here Ed, nobody will notice if you don’t make your flight home. With that thought in mind, how would you like to find out the real meaning of ‘special’ relationship”.

  • John O’Byrne

    Caption Competition. “Ed, in this country it’s hot dogs not bacon sandwiches.”

  • Radford_NG

    “Look into my eyes,my eyes,my eyes:not around my eyes;into my eyes……..”

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    “That’s all very well but my basic problem with you, Ed, is that you are a total fuckwit”

  • toxtethogrady

    So.. run this by me again, this white flash in your hair! you were bending over painting the door frame in your mothers kitchen and …..

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  • paulthorgan

    “Obama: “Well, Jeb stood aside…”

  • Jaci Stephen

    Obama: “THIS big. Trust me: when they’ve had black, they never go back.”

  • brian swift

    When did you last see your father, er brother?

  • Freddie Reidy

    “So what makes you think you’d make a good White House intern?”

  • Ella007

    Obama: “Is it true you’ve been giving away free owls?”

    Milliband: “One Nation”.

  • Shay Ryan

    No no no, I’m his brother.

  • Gareth Wallace

    Knight to pawn 5, your move Ed…..

  • Suzie Glass

    “Please raise your right hand and say after me; I, Ed Miliband, future leader of Eurasia, the 51st State, pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

  • Lord Lucan

    “Are you now, or have you or any member of your family ever been a member of the Communist Party?”

    • Makroon

      Got to be the winner.

    • lookout

      Like me

  • laurence

    ‘So, I’d like a six inch Sub. Turkey, Ham, Swiss and toasted. Hold the chillies. You can keep the change for going.’

  • the viceroy’s gin

    “Fredo, if you ever take sides against the family again, I’ll have you stuffed full of bacon sandwiches and dumped in the lake and… oh… sorry Ed, got carried away there. Me and some of my boyz watched the Godfather trilogy last night after golf. It’s been almost 3 days since I’ve had a day off, and with nothing pressing at the office and all, it was good to get away. How’s things in, uh, in, uh… How’s things in that place you’re from?”

  • black11hawk

    Obama: So, I said let’s widen the deficit by this much…

    Miliband: Interesting…

  • Michael Cockerham

    Ed, can you move a little to the left? I can’t see the game on the screen behind you.

  • skeptik

    Obama : so Fred what’s that you say?

  • Makroon

    There is a reason jewish guys don’t usually eat bacon.

  • Makroon

    Obama: Axelrod tells me you are not a good listener and he’s found your staff pretty hostile.

    Mili (thinks): If I sit up really straight, I can look bigger than the US President in the photos.

  • startledcod

    The
    moment I wake up

    Before I put on my
    makeup

    I say a little prayer
    for you

    While combing my
    hair now

    And wondering what
    dress to wear now

    I say a little
    prayer for you

  • AHeadhunter

    The problem with Socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money. Did they not teach you that at Harvard?

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