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focuses on 'human dimension': media obsessed with 'First Wives'
Agenda focuses on 'human dimension': media obsessed
with 'First Wives' (01/04/2009)
Brown and President Barack Obama said they will
aim to reach an agreement at the G20 Summit to
help the people hit hardest by the economic crisis.
In a joint press conference held in the Foreign
Office, the two men said they wanted to focus
on the 'human dimension' of the crisis and ensure
that help is provided for people around the world
who are losing their jobs, homes and savings.
British media, however, has been obsessed with
the 'First Wives' and fashion, particularly President
Obama's wife Michelle who sported a sleeveless
shift dress for a reception at No 10 Downing Street
hosted by British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.
Brown and Obama
Reject Summit Concerns
Brown and Obama rejected
concerns that the Summit may not reach an agreement or lead to any
concrete action. The Prime Minister said: "The world does want
to come together. Britain and America working together can help
reach consensus - not just something that is reached on paper but
something that can help people everywhere."
The President said:
"All of us here in London have a responsibility to act with
a sense of urgency and I think what Gordon spoke about - the human
dimension of this crisis thats what our agenda has to
begin with and thats where it will end."
Mr Brown and President
Obama also emphasised the importance of the 'special relationship'
between the UK and the US, and their own personal friendship. Earlier
in the morning, the two leaders had met at Downing Street to discuss
the G20. Their ambitions to create a low-carbon economic recovery,
and UK and US involvement in Afghanistan were also on the agenda.
G20 leaders and their
wives also attended a reception hosted by Her Majesty The Queen
and HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace on
the evening of Wednesday 1 April. The only glamorous figure missing
from the G20 'First Wives Club' is Carla (Bruni) Sarkozy, married
to French President Nicholas Sarkozy. A former model, Carla has
chosen to remain in Paris in preparation for the Nato summit in