Washington, Mar. 15 (ANI): Aides of President Obama have candidly admitted that presentational errors during the previous seven weeks are contributing to his deteriorating popularity.
They realize that returning the bust of Winston Churchill to British Government and gifting British PM Gordon Brown with a set of 25 DVDs as a state gift was "a mistake."
"Clearly it was a mistake, and they want people to know that they know that. There is a collective desire to learn from the experience. They pride themselves on attention to detail. They didn't have their eye on the ball... they all know they've got to do better," The Telegraph quoted a White House aide, as saying.
Obama has instructed White House staff to not repeat the mistakes.
A top White House sourse told The Telegraph that Obama has now told his staff to learn from the errors made during Brown's visit and to ensure that the protocol is observed when he meets the Queen later this month.
Administration officials have been warned to be better prepared for the high profile series of international meetings over the next few weeks, during which Obama will travel to Europe for the G20 meeting in London, roll out a new strategy for Afghanistan at a NATO's summit and make his first visit to a Muslim nation - Turkey.
Obama is due to call at Buckingham Palace shortly before the G20 meeting.
A new poll has revealed that Obama's personal approval ratings have dipped to levels below those of George W. Bush at the same stage of his first term, undermining the common assumption that Obama is enjoying unusual levels of public popularity. (ANI)