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Both men recognise that politicians need to live, to experience the world, its hardships as well as its highs, before taking office.
We should feel proud of a Parliament that seeks to be cautious in matters of war and peace, rather than gung-ho.
A new form of candidate selection would help the UK to emulate the US's more representative system.
The GOP is embracing immigration reform and is under grassroots pressure to reverse its opposition to gay marriage.
The US president's star turn at the White House Correspondents' Dinner is a reminder of how far removed such comedy is from our political world.
Several months of strikes in 1978 and 1979 have come to stand for a whole decade. Britain was not a "failed state".