Sir Gus O'Donnell, Britain's most senior civil servant, is complaining about the Obama administrations staff or organization. He said that ""unbelievably difficult" to plan for next month's G20 summit in London because of problems tracking down senior figures in the US administration. "There is nobody there. You cannot believe how difficult it is,"".
It is important to understand the different political systems between England and America generally give England a leg up on transition speed because most of the people stay on when Prime Ministers switch; more so then when administrations switch in America. It is not like we hit the Reset (sorry, had to do it, Berman Post: "Reset Button" Translation 'Issue') button when we switch here. The main point of our huge bureaucracy is to keep transitions smooth. England is supposed to be one of our strongest allies. How long should it reasonably take to get things up and running? The basic frame work should definitely be up and working by now.
This is just the latest in a seemingly growing rift between the US and UK (see Berman Post: Obama Snubs Brown).
More at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/cabinet-chief-obama-team-unreachable-1642088.html, http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article5884398.ece, and http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090311/ts_nm/us_g20_britain_usa.