According to the article, the Obama administration's behavior can be attributed to a combination of total exhaustion and a lack of care.
Barack Obama's offhand approach to Gordon Brown's Washington visit last week came about because the president was facing exhaustion over America's economic crisis and is unable to focus on foreign affairs, the Sunday Telegraph has been told.
But Washington figures with access to Mr Obama's inner circle explained the slight by saying that those high up in the administration have had little time to deal with international matters, let alone the diplomatic niceties of the special relationship.
Allies of Mr Obama say his weary appearance in the Oval Office with Mr Brown illustrates the strain he is now under, and the president's surprise at the sheer volume of business that crosses his desk.
The official dismissed any notion of the special relationship, saying: "There's nothing special about Britain. You're just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. You shouldn't expect special treatment." The apparent lack of attention to detail by the Obama administration is indicative of what many believe to be Mr Obama's determination to do too much too quickly.
In addition to passing the largest stimulus package and the largest budget in US history, Mr Obama is battling a plummeting stock market, the possible bankruptcy of General Motors, and rising unemployment. He has also begun historic efforts to achieve universal healthcare, overhaul education and begin a green energy revolution all in his first 50 days in office.
The Sunday Telegraph understands that one of Mr Obama's most prominent African American backers, whose endorsement he spent two years cultivating, has told friends that he detects a weakness in Mr Obama's character.
"The one real serious flaw I see in Barack Obama is that he thinks he can manage all this,"
There are several troubling things revealed in this report. First, there is a reason why more often than not governors rather than senators are elected president. That's because it is governors that understand the day to day grind of being the chief executive. George Allen was fond of saying that he made more decisions in a week as governor than he did in his entire six years as senator.
President Obama faces near unprecedented pressure even beyond the general pressure of any president. Clearly, this article makes the case that he isn't handling all this pressure. He has put so much focus on domestic issues that foreign policy has become nothing more than an afterthought.
Except it isn't an afterthought. We are involved in two theaters in a larger world war. Furthermore, dismissing foreign policy is no way to "renew our standing in the world" as President Obama promised. We need to try and put this mistake into perspective. If an administration doesn't understand gift giving, how exactly will they be able to formulate a policy for Afghanistan, North Korea, and Iran? Think about all the criticism that George Bush took, and yet, his administration never made a mistake this elementary.
The more troubling part is that the president seems to think he can handle the economic crisis, the real estate crisis, the banking crisis, health care, energy independence, and education all at once. Clearly, he can't. We know this because as a result he couldn't handle simple customs when an important foreign leader visits.
Anyone that thinks that Britain is no different than any of the other 190 countries has little appreciation for even the most basic history. They have no place in the administration let alone speaking anonymously to the media.
What this article reveals is that the disrespect shown to Brown is not just some simple oversight. Instead, it reveals a White House not only in over its head but one that shows a destructive hubris. Here is a White House that is trying everything all at once and as a result they overlook basic functions like handling a visit from an important foreign dignitary. All of us that wondered aloud about then candidate Obama simply not being ready to be President Obama. We can only hope that his on the job training is short as the country simply cannot withstand many more disastrous visits like the one just made by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.