Numerous Labour people I speak to still feel that this April's G20 summit in London - which Obama is attending - will be a major PR coup for Brown. The idea is that the Dear Leader will be able to play MacMillan to Obama's Kennedy - and all in front of the world's watchful cameras. What chance that, though, if Labour's poll ratings continue to slide southwards with the economy?“
"I'm told Mr Obama's interest in British politicians fluctuates with the polls: when Mr Brown was in a hole and David Cameron was flying high, the Obama mob were keen to maximise time with the Tory leader. With every poll that passes showing Mr Brown sliding backwards, does that reduce the chances of an early invite to touch the hem of The One?"