CAMP DAVID, MD. — President Bush, starting a new relationship late in his presidency, welcomed British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Sunday with casual diplomacy.
In the tranquillity of the Catoctin Mountains, Bush and Brown began their brief meeting -- Sunday night and today -- at Camp David, with an emphasis on private time between the two. Their agenda is familiar: terrorist threats, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, crisis in Sudan's Darfur region, stalled trade.
Brown arrived by helicopter at Camp David after booming thunderstorms gave way to sunshine. He was greeted with a military honor guard.
"It's a great pleasure to be here at Camp David because there's so much history associated with it," Brown told Bush as the leaders exchanged small talk.