After meeting with Noda, Obama reportedly said, “I can do business with him.”
Margaret Thatcher used that same phrase nearly two decades ago, after meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev for the first time. The Japanese government believed Obama used that same phrase for a reason.
“I suppose the U.S. side was aware the phrase had been used by Thatcher in the past," said one Japanese official. “It means [Obama] expects [Noda] to work appropriately as a trustworthy partner this time.”
Hmmm…I guess America did not like the Hatoyama administration or the Kan administration. Bummer.
But would the Noda administration be any different?
One inch ahead is darkness.