During Cameron’s visit to the US, Barack took him out to do one of his favorite things - watch a basketball match. Their presence at the ‘March Madness’ game in Ohio was a great crowd booster at the event. The two leaders seemingly enjoyed the game together but from the looks of it, Cameron had a little difficulty in understanding the rules – which President Obama explained to him during the game.
Cameron’s visit includes some serious work as well. The two have an agenda full of serious issue to pour over including, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria and the global economy. Such events are usually not as simple as they look. They may seem a bit of a light-hearted and easy time away from the maddening world of politics and responsibilities but it is usually every strategically planned to hammer some very crucial points on the head.
For instance, the friendly and cozy alliance between the two leaders serves very important a message in terms of an alliance between their respective homelands. This can be proven by their co-authored op-ed in the Washington Post titled " An alliance the world can count on." While Cameron’s visit also serves a good time to promote the Olympics scheduled in UK.
For Obama too, this visit is a crucial one. Ohio is set to play a major role in the November re-elections that Obama is relying heavily upon for his second potential term in office. It is important note that while there, he did not let the opportunity to warm the hearts of the locals go to waste.
To be precise, the President said, "I thought it was going to be wonderful for the Prime Minister to have a chance not only to see a basketball game for the first time but also to come to the great state of Ohio because sometimes when we have foreign visitors they are only visiting the coasts." Adding to the gloss by saying, "The heartland is what it's all about."
Obama is also on the verge of launching a new tournament "bracket challenge" on his campaign website. The challenge will see the visitors to the website get to predict who will win the college basketball championship and to compare their predictions against his.
So, from the outside of what seems like two world leaders enjoying some average-guys fun time away from heavy load of responsibilities is just not it. Its just part of the game – so to speak.