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london, wednesday

Text of address

President Obama and British PM David Cameron wave to the media outside 10 Downing St prior to their meeting

All times US Eastern

4:50 AM (9:50 AM UK time) President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with PM Cameron

5:05 AM (10:05 UK) President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Deputy PM Nick Clegg

5:35 AM (10:35 UK) President Obama holds an expanded bilateral meeting with PM Cameron

6:30 AM (11:30 UK) President Obama and PM Cameron attend an event hosted by Mrs. Cameron and Michelle Obama to honor military families, U.S. and U.K. service members and veterans

7:35 AM (12:35 UK) President Obama and PM Cameron hold a joint press conference

10:30 AM (3:30 UK) President Obama delivers remarks to the U.K. Parliament

11:55 AM (4:55 UK) President Obama holds an U.S. Embassy meet and greet

3:30 PM (8:30 UK) President Obama and Michelle Obama hold a dinner in honor of the Queen at the residence of the American ambassador in London

Live here

…with British Deputy PM Nick Clegg

The morning after, President Obama seemed a little confused as to why the British national anthem started playing before he was done speaking at a state dinner. Obama was overheard admitting to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg that things didn’t go exactly as he had hoped at Buckingham Palace.

“I thought that it was like out of the movies, where …” Obama began, as Clegg suggested, “There’s a crescendo?”

“… a soundtrack that kind of comes in,” Obama continued, smiling.

“With your voiceover?” Clegg asked, laughing in front of a pool of reporters.

Michelle Obama and Samantha Cameron serve food at a barbecue for British and American service members and veterans at Downing Street

President Obama arrives for a news conference to be held with PM David Cameron at Lancaster House in London

Live here

Tom Hanks with his wife Rita Wilson arrive to hear US President Obama’s address in Westminster Hall

President Obama, escorted by John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, and Helen Hayman, Lord Speaker of the House of Lords, walks into Westminster Hall to address members of both Houses of Parliament


190 Responses to “london, wednesday”


  1. 1 MeaBloom
    May 25, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Will these events be live overage as well?

  2. 3 ZeeUK
    May 25, 2011 at 7:19 am

    I’m watching live the President and the British Prime minister flip buggers for the US and UK veterans and Michelle and Sam Cameron serving them salad. Exciting stuff!!!

    • 4 MeaBloom
      May 25, 2011 at 7:20 am

      where?

      • 5 ZeeUK
        May 25, 2011 at 7:48 am

        BBC News 24. BBC has been treating us to pleasant updates since yesterday. They have especially had good things o say about the President’s visit. I have not watched a different channel since. I don’t know if you can access BBC live from the US

        • 6 Me4obama
          May 25, 2011 at 8:14 am

          Morning TOD family, hey sis did they have Michelle’s gorgeous dress on the front pages of UK newspapers? Just wondering.

          • 7 ZeeUK
            May 25, 2011 at 8:35 am

            Not all of them sis, most had gone to Print before the images were released but they are now all over the online media. There hasn’t been a bad word to say about Michelle’s white gown….even from haters who decided not to comment about her at all. hehe

  3. 8 collegekay
    May 25, 2011 at 7:31 am

    The press conf will be live streaming on cspan.com and on cspan-2 on tv.

  4. 11 Fred
    May 25, 2011 at 7:46 am

    I love that the President and Cameron are making the MSM wait for them 😀

    good morning Chip and TOD family 😉

  5. 12 LAPalm
    May 25, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Good morning everyone…Chipsticks can you get a picture of the FLOTUS outfit I saw a post that said the British commentators think she should have covered her butt…just curious as to why they said that…thanks

  6. May 25, 2011 at 7:52 am

    As a USA ARMY DAV, this really makes my heart warm. 🙂

    Ciao form Europe,

    Lee
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    http://twitpic.com/2o4pyd

  7. 16 globalcitizenlinda
    May 25, 2011 at 7:53 am

    are BBC live streams on pause at different times?

  8. 18 ZeeUK
    May 25, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Do you know that president Obama is the FIRST American President to address the British house of Commons….happening as I type this!!!? The FIRST and there have been 43 before him. Plus the President is the SECOND American President to be on a STATE visit to the Queen of England. You all have a precious JEWEL in President Obama and his Lady.

    • 19 ZeeUK
      May 25, 2011 at 8:58 am

      correction, they are speaking at the press conference now, but will proceed to speak to the ‘house of commons’ later

  9. 20 Proud of Obama
    May 25, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Ok that photo of PBO getting out of the car arriving for the press conference: oooooo la la!

  10. 22 Proud of Obama
    May 25, 2011 at 8:33 am

    OT but important: Poll shows U.S. Jews prefer PBO to Nut in yahoo.

    WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama continues to be popular among American Jews – in fact 15% more popular than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to a poll conducted by Israeli lobby J-Street, which is affiliated with the Left and competes with the Right-leaning veteran lobby group AIPAC.
    Capital Support
    Poll: Most Israelis support east Jerusalem construction / Ynet
    War and Peace Index finds that despite support for Ramat Shlomo homes, most people don’t believe Netanyahu was unaware of plan to announce them during Biden’s visit
    Full story

    According to the poll, Obama managed to maintain his popularity among 59% of American Jews, even after the harsh US condemnation that followed Israel’s declaration it had approved construction of 1,600 housing units in east Jerusalem.

    In contrast, only 44% of American Jews continued to pledge their support to Netanyahu. The prime minister was received warmly during the AIPAC convention earlier in the week, but was later subject to what was described as a major embarrassment during his visit to the White House. The results of the poll were collected prior to these two events.

    Pollster Jim Gerstein told Ynet the survey results prove that whoever thinks Jewish support of the American president has been declining is “detached from reality.”

    According to Gerstein, Obama’s approval among his Jewish constituencies continues to be higher by 15% than that of the general public. The pollster added that Israel’s declaration of construction in Jerusalem annoyed not only Obama but also American Jews, who thought Israel’s behavior was inadequate based on its close relations with the US.

    Gerstein noted that 55% of American Jews said the US was doing the right thing by criticizing Israel – and thought the issue was particularly sensitive because it involved Jerusalem.

    Putting pressure on Israel
    The poll also revealed that 82% of Jews support the US administration’s effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. On the question of whether US criticism should have been expressed behind closed doors or in public, 71% responded that the US should maintain an active role, even if it means putting pressure on both sides at the cost of public disagreement.

    Gerstein said the poll did not specifically ask about the type of pressure that should be placed; however Israel’s declaration vis-à-vis construction during US Vice President Joe Biden’s visit was clearly seen as an insult by most American Jews.

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3868823,00.html

    • 23 UT Austin Liberal
      May 25, 2011 at 8:47 am

      Thank you for this much needed info POB. Was watching Morning Joe this morning and they said that Jewish people both American and otherwise have a cold relationship with PBO. Such liars. They were practically fawning over Bibi and his address to Congress. Mike Barnacle kept misquoting PBO on his AIPAC speech. Even after PBO clarified what meant by the 1967 borders.. IDIOTS with wax in their ears or who refuse to LISTEN continue to spew bizzare BS. Even right now watching the press conference with PBO and PM Cameron.. PBO has just reiterated that Hamas has got to recognize Israel’s right to exist. Palestine has got to stop allying with Hamas. He also recognizes Palestines need for Israel to show some compromise. Both sides have to come to the table and be willing to work-out these difficult issues. Look at the Peace process in Northern Ireland. Both sides came together, made some compromises and reached a resolution.

      • 24 Proud of Obama
        May 25, 2011 at 8:56 am

        I saw some of that garbage. Had to turn them off I got so mad. They lied about everything and are ignoring the President’s trip. They are truly sickening. MSNBC is no more liberal than Fox. Hiring Michael Steele tells you all you need to know.

        Barnicle, he who got fired from the Boston Globe because he plagiarized, is ridiculous. Joe has been red-faced and screaming all week about Medicare and other things. He’s come completely unhinged because the rethugs have garbage candidates who don’t stand a chance against our brilliant president. The American people are finally waking up to the mistake they made by putting these greedy bastards in charge of the House and are rebelling. Case in point is the democrat winning NY-26. They are toast and they know it so they turn up the lies. That’s why we must keep putting facts out there.

      • 25 Chi
        May 25, 2011 at 9:13 am

        Does Joe Scarborough mean Jewish people like David Plouffe, David Axelrod, Penny Pritzker, Rahm Emmanuel…

        Are these the cold Jews who hate President Obama…

        Are these the Jews he speaks of…

        Does anyone really believe that if President Obama were anything like they’ve tried to negatively portray him to scare off Jews (as they’ve done to scare off blacks via Cornell West etc.)…that these Jewish friends of his Plouffe, Axelrod, Pritzker etc would have done everything to get him elected as they are now working as hard to get him re-elected…

        • 26 Mae who love our CIC
          May 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm

          Cornel West does not speak for African Americans and he has alienated himself only. As an AA I am afraid of Cornel West because he is off his rockers.

    • May 25, 2011 at 9:52 am

      Bibi was talking into a dead phone when he addressed Congress yesterday. Obama last week and at AIPAC pretty much ended any hopes Bibi had for holding back the dawn.

  11. 28 UT Austin Liberal
    May 25, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Watching the press conference with PBO and PM Cameron. So far they have been lock step with each other.

    OOohhh Chips… thanks so much for these updates and videos. I want more, more, MORE (I’m like the cookie monster here…lol). Does anyone know if FLOTUS is still going to Oxford University with the girls from the British school she spoke at when she was first in the UK (where she shed some tears at the beauty, grace and promise of the girls). Can’t wait for POTUS to speak at Parliament. Such an honor for both sides.

  12. 29 dotster
    May 25, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Can’t believe msnbc is completely ignoring this big time and important press conference, as both leaders are addressing all the critical issues. MSNBC has chosen instead to carry on with the utter blathering nonsense of Morning Joe. Just idiotic and negligent. That’s supposed to be a news channel?

    • 30 UT Austin Liberal
      May 25, 2011 at 10:59 am

      I was soo pissed off at MSNBC. They left people to listen to that putz Scarborough. I don’t normally watch CNN b/c of their lousy reporters like Dana Bash and John King, but at least they covered the press conference from beginning to end.

  13. 31 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 25, 2011 at 8:53 am

    THIS IS AWESOME! THE PREZ. AND THE BRITS ARE HAVING A WONDERFUL TIME TOGETHER! LOVE THE VIDEO OF THE PRESIDENT ‘SERVING UP’ TO THE TROOPS AND THE FIRST LADY IS RIGHT WHERE SHE LOVES TO BE…WITH THE MILITARY!

    • 33 UT Austin Liberal
      May 25, 2011 at 9:10 am

      Woohoooo.. Puerto Rico!!!! Fun times. Looking forward to it. Thanks for the info hopefruit2.

      • 34 anniebella
        May 25, 2011 at 9:22 am

        Will the First Lady be going? I hope she will. The kids should be out of school then.

  14. 35 Fred
    May 25, 2011 at 8:55 am

    very good speech by both our President and Cameron

    those in the lamesass (pardon my language TOD family) tried hard to get Cameron to criticize the President but it was an epic FAIL on their part 😀

  15. 36 anniebella
    May 25, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I think it is just great to have this barbecue for the troops of both countries. I love it too when they reconize our men and women of the military and their families. In whatever small way. It is so nice. Thank you to all of our soldiers, and their families for their sacrafice. Past and present.

  16. 37 MeaBloom
    May 25, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Thanks for posting the photos and video Chipsticks. I haven’t been able to see anything today. 😦 Anywho… I wonder what the First Lady will wear to tonights dinner? Last night she was simply BEAUTIFUL. And I PRAY that I can view the live coverage.
    #AnxiouslyWaiting!

    Obama2012&I’mIn

  17. 38 meta
    May 25, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Good morning, all!

    Mrs. Obama addressing young girls at Oxford live now:

    http://wwitv.com/tv_channels/b5791.htm

  18. 42 lisalovesobama
    May 25, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Just flicked on Daily Rundown and saw a clip of PBO joking with Nick Clegg and saying about the toast thing that he thought the music was a sound track for his toast. To which Clegg joked: ‘Oh, like a voice over,” and PBO chuckled. I love the British, they are so well mannered. They are treating this like it’s no big deal even some conservative British coverage(papers online) I’ve seen haven’t discussed it though they dissed Miche’s morning dress from yesterday. The American press however, is having a field day from cable to regular stations. What is wrong with the American media? Why are they so small minded and petty? If the British press don’t say anything about the slight mishap, why should we? I’m telling you, our press are truly classless people.

    • 43 dotster
      May 25, 2011 at 10:00 am

      Love Obama’s sense of humor. That’s initially what I thought too—that they were providing the patriotic musical accompaniment to Obama’s toast—haha. Did hear a snide comment on The Today Show report about Michelle’s queen-mtg. dress, calling it a “prom dress” or something catty, as if that was the most important thing to report on from the trip, like the Stuck Beast and Michelle’s hair blowing in the wind. The news media is a mess, always looking for the one controversial item and ignoring the big stories.

      • 44 anniebella
        May 25, 2011 at 10:16 am

        To hell with what those people say, we say she looked great and that is all that matter to me. I’m proud of my First Lady. And none of them will ever change that. Never ever change that.

      • 45 EDP4BHO
        May 25, 2011 at 10:47 am

        They’re JEALOuusss 😀

  19. 46 Carolyn
    May 25, 2011 at 9:51 am

    MSNBC needs to be told via our letters exacty what we think of their “coverage.” After all the expense and nonsense covering the royal wedding…then they give the most powerful man in the world this “coverage.” Tell them you are boycotting the programs and the sponors. That is how Glenn Beck got fired. I have to admit I have never watched Morning Joe…I never watch the network morning shows. I got tired of seeing the hosts fawning on silly people, and pandering to others, so I’m better off not watching.
    However we need to make sensible noise. Remember what happened in 2009 when all the tea partyers made noise and got attention, then wrecked the vote in 2010.
    I am writing Democratic senators and telling them to stand with and support President Obama…the two from my state are useless! SoI wrote the DSCC last night, and told them many of us expect more spine and support from them, and that I will be supporting specific senators, not the DSCC until I see more backbone from them.
    On another note, a BBC commentator talking with Martin Bashir said that the reason William and Kate were not to be at the State Dinner was because they have “not yet earned their stripes as working members of the Royal family.” So….I have a feeling that they were the ones who requested the meeting with PBO and MO.

    • 47 Fred
      May 25, 2011 at 9:55 am

      if Wills and Kate were the ones who requested that meeting that makes me a very happy camper because Kate needs to feel at ease and welcomed and it looks like she felt as ease with Mrs Obama 😀

      • 48 dotster
        May 25, 2011 at 10:15 am

        I think William and Kate will bring Diana-influenced compassion to the royal family. I like what I know about them, seem to have their heads on straight.
        I see Kate has also been good for the dress biz. That beige dress she wore for the Obama mtg. was said to be sold out here and around the world within hours.

      • 49 Me4obama
        May 25, 2011 at 10:19 am

        I got so mad and disgusted by Savannah Gathrie on msnbc implying that the queen taught Obama some manners in public. What is wrong with these losers. On a lighter note Simon Cowell is reportedly obsessed with the “Beast” he wants one. It’s worth 1.6 million dollars may be he can afford it. The president swagger is catching on. Yeepe.

        • 50 Fred
          May 25, 2011 at 10:22 am

          Sav is one dumb biatch;excuse me Me.She needs to be told to piss off big time

        • 52 EDP4BHO
          May 25, 2011 at 10:53 am

          “the queen taught Obama some manners in public”

          Of course, you know that “little black girl” from south side Chicago don’t know anything. Need those educated white folk to teach her something. Now, we know that’s what so many think. I have more dignity and class in me, bred from my parents, than they could ever have. That’s my flip side….LOL!

          I absolutely despise these miscreants.

    • 54 Lizzie
      May 25, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      Carolyn, I have to say it wasn’t the Tea Party that wrecked the vote in 2010. It was the Democrats that didn’t get off their butts and vote. Having said that, I also have to admit that I never thought the Mid-Term elections were important. I’m 58-years-old and 2010 was the first Mid-Term election I ever voted in and if Barack Obama hadn’t been the president, I probably wouldn’t have voted in that one. I’ve learned how important they are and won’t “sit out” another one. I agree with everything else you said – about those “morning show bozos”.

      • 55 lisalovesobama
        May 25, 2011 at 3:34 pm

        Amen Lizzie, Amen. I find I would rather have a congress full of disagreeing, dumbass Democrats than psychopathic and morally bankrupt Repugs.

    • 56 Kasai
      May 25, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      Best Post of the day…Thank you….. Thank you Carolyn, you are so right about us making noise, and boycut the media and it’s sponsors…Enough is Enough….As you said look at happened in 2010, Teabaggers made all the noise, and it resulted in a shellacking?.
      It took a while to get Glen out, but the persistence of many emails…phone calls, day in and day out, it made a difference.

      We owe it to our President, that’s working so hard, to have his back, It is time to make some noise:-)

      Shame on the Media for not letting “We the People” be part of this historic moment.

  20. 57 SarahT
    May 25, 2011 at 10:18 am

    CSpan and CNN will show the speech to Parliament

  21. 58 Fred
    May 25, 2011 at 10:21 am

    the White House stream is fantastic

  22. 60 MTmarilyn
    May 25, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Good morning Chipsticks and TOD family. I am tired today. With all this emotional stuff from the wonderful visit overseas to the horrid tornados, and they the democratic win last night. I feel almost overwhelmed. Where to begin. First I know I couldn’t survive without this place and BWD’s. It is so wonderful to share this with all of you. Now let’s enjoy the President before Parliment.

  23. 61 Manny OKE
    May 25, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Hello to the O family where ever you are. Its absolutely great that I live in London because these past few days have been one hell of a rush.President Obama and his dear first lady have been well, totally AWESOME

  24. 64 lisalovesobama
    May 25, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Do you think PBO is nervous? I’m nervous. But then I’m always nervous before my presentation. I honestly believe I’m obsessed. I’m so attached to PBO that I’ve internalized what I assume are emotions he would feel, even when he probably doesn’t feel that way. Reservations for one in the mad house, please.

  25. 70 Proud of Obama
    May 25, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Wow, everybody’s there — Blair, Brown. You can tell that Cameron is so proud. What an honor for our President.

  26. 72 Me4obama
    May 25, 2011 at 10:32 am

    My stomach is in nuts. What is wrong with me! History baby.

    • 73 Titti
      May 25, 2011 at 10:34 am

      I’m nervous too! Don’t know why as he’s given (fab) speeches before.

      • 74 UT Austin Liberal
        May 25, 2011 at 10:42 am

        I hope Chipsticks will be able to obtain video of FLOTUS at Oxford University. It would be cool to see her addressing the students. OMG it’s BEGUN!!!!

  27. 75 Titti
    May 25, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I’ll have to write to my MP one of these days as I would like a free visit to the Palace of Westminster.

    The Prez’s support camp has just taken their seats.

  28. 76 UT Austin Liberal
    May 25, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I’m soo excited for PBO’s speech. Can’t wait. White House stream is fantastic so far. I see Gordon Brown and Sarah Brown. I see David Plouffe, reggie Love, Valerie Jarrett, Bill Daley.

  29. 77 Proud of Obama
    May 25, 2011 at 10:39 am

    BWD’s headline:

    Heads-Up: President Obama joins Charles De Gaulle, Nelson Mandela and The Pope

    Love it!

  30. 78 m
    May 25, 2011 at 10:40 am

    the suspense!

  31. 79 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 25, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Sure is some purty architecture in Britain. That building is magnificent.

    Ready to hear my Prez speak.

  32. 80 lisalovesobama
    May 25, 2011 at 10:42 am

    they say it’s a long speech “nearly three quarters of an hour.” according to reporter on sky news

  33. 81 MTmarilyn
    May 25, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Now I am getting nervous. This waiting is tough.

  34. 83 Proud of Obama
    May 25, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I’m screeeeeeeeeeeeaming!

  35. 84 MTmarilyn
    May 25, 2011 at 10:44 am

    OK here we go.

  36. 85 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 25, 2011 at 10:45 am

    And….here he comes, looking just as dapper as he wanna look, lol.

    All these dignataries gathered to see Stanley Ann’s son, Tut’s grandson, Moneygall’s native son.

    Gobama!

  37. 90 UT Austin Liberal
    May 25, 2011 at 10:46 am

    The Queen, Parliament and the British people must really adore him for him and them to be granted such privilege.

  38. 91 lisalovesobama
    May 25, 2011 at 10:46 am

    MSNBC’s feed is faster. Can’t decide whether to watch on sky on tv. Soooooo nervous. The guy talking now is only making me more nervous: ” this hall has witness the sentencing of death of a king, coronations, the caskets of royalty….” serious? Nice way to keep us calm, Mr. Man.

    • 92 UT Austin Liberal
      May 25, 2011 at 10:48 am

      Hahahaha.. I was like way to calm us down dude: NOT
      Oh I love PBO he just cracked a joke abiut his invitation to speak.

  39. 93 MTmarilyn
    May 25, 2011 at 10:48 am

    WOW what an introduction.

    • 94 UT Austin Liberal
      May 25, 2011 at 10:51 am

      I loved the introduction of PBO, especially recalling statements of Abe Lincoln. PBO’s introduction was on point. He used humor to set all of us at ease. He is a magnificent and prolific speaker and speech maker. Gosh, just love him to pieces.

  40. 95 Proud of Obama
    May 25, 2011 at 10:49 am

    He is soooooooooooo smooth and presidential. That introduction was awesome. “If you want to truly test the character of a man, give him power.”

    • 96 UT Austin Liberal
      May 25, 2011 at 10:52 am

      Yup. As they say “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Just look to the Bush/Cheney Admin for that real time example.

  41. May 25, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Is this getting road blocked cable coverage? It should!
    Good morning! Our President is so well liked over seas…

    • 98 UT Austin Liberal
      May 25, 2011 at 10:54 am

      Oh yeah MSNBC, CNN, C-span and even FAUX NEWS is covering it.

      • 99 sherijr
        May 25, 2011 at 10:57 am

        About damn time.

        Just an FYI, Maureen Dowd has written another scathing article on the Ireland visit. I REALLY hope as many of you as are able will join me in writing to this HAG and giving her ‘what for’.

        • 100 PoliticalJunkessa
          May 25, 2011 at 10:58 am

          It would just be wasted. She’s a lost cause. And really, who cares?

          • 101 UT Austin Liberal
            May 25, 2011 at 11:02 am

            That woman is a posionous, snake like, rat like, vile disgusting BITCH!!!! (sorry for the bad language but she is venom personified)

            • 102 EDP4BHO
              May 25, 2011 at 11:06 am

              The bitch wants his body!

              • 103 UT Austin Liberal
                May 25, 2011 at 11:09 am

                I’m beginning to think so EDP4BHO. It’s like “Look at me, look at me NOW… pay me some ATTENTION!!!”

              • 104 PoliticalJunkessa
                May 25, 2011 at 11:10 am

                LMAO. I did see that dimension at work a lot during the campaign — a lot of hungry, thirsty women hating on my Prez when they didn’t get any play. Think of all the Fox hags — you know they wish they could _ _ _ _ him.

                • 105 PoliticalJunkessa
                  May 25, 2011 at 11:11 am

                  Hell, some of the men, too. LOL!

                • 107 Proud of Obama
                  May 25, 2011 at 11:22 am

                  That’s their whole problem. They wish they could have him. I heard that when PBO first went to the senate, a lot of those chicks in Washington (even in congress) were after him. He wasn’t interested then and is not interested now.

                  • 108 collegekay
                    May 25, 2011 at 11:49 am

                    I read that in a book about the campaign. Some the women wanted to trade a night with him in exchange for an endorsement. Disgusting but not surprising.

                    • 109 EDP4BHO
                      May 25, 2011 at 12:28 pm

                      Hahaha…I think we can all attest to that particular weakness, but we are also principled enough not to let it overtake us….(I hope) 😀

                    • 110 lisalovesobama
                      May 25, 2011 at 3:43 pm

                      You people are truly, truly funny ;). Have you ever wondered if CIA, FBI and Secret Service agents are combing the net and reading through our posts about PBO? I wonder what the say and do when they read some of the things we say about our Main Man? Ha! Their faces and ears have probably turned tomato red a time or two.

            • May 25, 2011 at 11:06 am

              Something is NOT right with our press. Something really strange is going on behind the scenes, I am not sure, but it is deliberate!

          • 112 sherijr
            May 25, 2011 at 11:06 am

            I care, I’m going to call her out on her bS, no I don’t think she’ll change anything, but she’ll know that one lady in North Dakota ain’t playing her game and will not allow her to lie about President Obama without hearing some serious feedback. Thats all.

  42. 117 UT Austin Liberal
    May 25, 2011 at 11:06 am

    OMG!!!!.. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are in the audience, listening to this magnificent speech.

    I am glad that PBO reiterated that Al Quaida did not only kill people in the West, they also killed a lot of muslims. And also we are never at war with Islam. Thank you Mr. President.

  43. 118 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 25, 2011 at 11:08 am

    In 2016, after our President leaves the White House, the rest of the world may want its turn at his Presidency :-D.

    • 119 UT Austin Liberal
      May 25, 2011 at 11:20 am

      I shed a tear when he said that “Citizenship is what makes it possible for the grandson of a Kenyan who served as a cook in the British colony to stand before you as President of the United States.”

      His speeches are always great because there is HEART behind each and every word.

  44. 120 EDP4BHO
    May 25, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Looking at PBO, you can see his faint moustache. I’d love to see him with one, once he leaves public office, and becomes his “Bohemian” self 😀

  45. 122 UT Austin Liberal
    May 25, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Thank you for that definition of citizenship PBO.

  46. 123 MTmarilyn
    May 25, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Oh my what a speech. As the grandson of a man in Kenya who served as a cook in the British Army stands before you today. I am in tears. I love this man.

  47. 127 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 25, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Long applause after he’s done. Well done, Mr. Prez!

  48. 128 Titti
    May 25, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Just wanna give him a hug!!

  49. 129 Proud of Obama
    May 25, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Wow. Thunderous applause. Go Mr. President. You are just awesome.

  50. 130 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 25, 2011 at 11:24 am

    This woman speaking now is great, too.

  51. 131 EDP4BHO
    May 25, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Now I just got teary at that applause. I LOVE MY PRESIDENT!

  52. 132 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 25, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Sustained applause as he makes his way down the aisle. You know they just want to bumrush him!

  53. 133 MTmarilyn
    May 25, 2011 at 11:29 am

    They are clapping as he is leaving. My tears are flowing. We are witnessing history. Are the people of our country going to recognize what we have.

    • 134 EDP4BHO
      May 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      MTmarilyn, they recognize it, then they hide it. They are terrified of the obvious. Bunch of punks.

  54. 135 Proud of Obama
    May 25, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Gosh, he is such a statesman. Looks so good and presidential.

  55. 136 EDP4BHO
    May 25, 2011 at 11:31 am

    This, while our inept congress cheers on a ruthless neanderthal from Israel. “Well done, Mr. President. You get to shine last, and shine best”. Lovin it 😀

  56. 137 Jessica
    May 25, 2011 at 11:31 am

    How does Tom Hanks get an invite to EVERYTHING!!! He is everywhere.

    • 138 UT Austin Liberal
      May 25, 2011 at 11:41 am

      Hahahaha. He and his wife are HUGE supporters of PBO. Tom gave a STRONG defense of PBO on Morning Joe when Joe Scarborough wanted t put PBO and all his hard work down.

      I saw one of the SS guys smiling when leading PBO out of Parliament. He was looking on in amazement at the warm reception PBO was recieving. 🙂

  57. 139 Fred
    May 25, 2011 at 11:31 am

    what a SPEECH! what a SPEECH! What a SPEECH! 😀 😀

  58. 142 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 25, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Everybody wants some of our Obama!

  59. 143 dotster
    May 25, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Are you watching this? They are continuing to applaud and applaud as he exits. I’m watching on c-span, I think the cable networks cut off to start their idiotic pundit talk, but the Lady Speaker was so complimentary after his speech and everyone is just beaming and clapping for him—-I have never witnessed such a thing—-a world leader is recognized. They are still applauding on and on. They know it too—-he is one for the history books. There have been so many emotional moments, but this may take the cake. I just sense a world recognition of the unique and amazing talents of this American President. Still applauding and applauding. What a moment!

    • 144 MTmarilyn
      May 25, 2011 at 11:35 am

      This is so amazing. I don’t think this has every happened before! We are watching history being made. Will the people of USA realize what we have.

    • 145 EDP4BHO
      May 25, 2011 at 11:38 am

      I know, did you see the black woman give him a big hug, and see the beaming looks on the people there? We are so blessed to have him as our leader. I don’t cry much about these things, but I am at work, teary eyed, and hiding it.
      😀

  60. 146 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 25, 2011 at 11:37 am

    He is charming the hell out of them.

  61. 147 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 25, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Secret Service is on the job, boy. And the Beast awaits outside the door…

    • 148 UT Austin Liberal
      May 25, 2011 at 11:45 am

      I know. I saw that. God I love the SS guys that protect PBO and the whole family. They mean business. I love that he shook the hand of thr female security guardotisde and stopped to talk to a passeby. He’s such a warm, kind and generous man and LEADER.

      And the BEAST leaves. I hope there will be live coverage of The Dinner that PBO and MO host for the Quee. Can’t wait for what MO will wear. 🙂

  62. 149 P
    May 25, 2011 at 11:44 am

    So I missed everything!!!!! Now I am home and ready to catch up!!!!

    • 150 UT Austin Liberal
      May 25, 2011 at 11:47 am

      Oh yeah you can go to c-span.org and I’m sure they’ll have video. And you know Chipsticks is on her game with videos and pictures. I just hope we get some video of FLOTUS at Oxford University.

  63. 153 Titti
    May 25, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Dayum how many minutes did it take him to ‘walk’ the crowd? He is so obliging. I saw that Benjamin woman sneaking a hug, don’t know what she is doing there. Recognised a few of the ‘old’ faces, Glenda Jackson, Simon Hughes etc.
    History indeed!

  64. 154 kelly
    May 25, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Brilliant speech by president Obama and the British are definitely class personified. I am proud of our president and proud that our two nations are so close. *tearing up with pride* *waving the red white and blue and the union jack right now* 😀 😀

  65. 155 dotster
    May 25, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Now loud cheers as he waves his final goodbye! Another very moving moment. Unbelievable! The U.S. media needs to get with the program. They are blinded to what is right before their very eyes, wasting all their time on the unimportant, stirring up controversy, concentrating on the hatred. Much of the rest of the world recognizes what we have in this brilliant President. Our media is ignoring it, dismissing it, attempting to detract from it, distract. It is the most frustrating thing in the world, the unethical news media that we are subjected to at this present time. They are way off course.

  66. 156 toscanaremi
    May 25, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Hello, first time posting, I usually lurk.

    Just thought I let you know that the main BBC channel interrupted their program to cover the speech.

    • 157 UT Austin Liberal
      May 25, 2011 at 12:07 pm

      Yay! Awesome… shows the importance of the speech.

    • 158 Kasai
      May 25, 2011 at 9:14 pm

      Welcome to the family Toscanaremi….and thank you so much for that piece of information….wished the American Media would recognize his own Leader. I am ashamed for our country

  67. 159 kelly
    May 25, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Making a request…. a link to or a clip of everything. The speech and after when he was walking down the isle and the sustained applause by the audience, just beautiful. White House website will most likely only have the speech not the rest. : (

  68. 160 lisalovesobama
    May 25, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    okay. couldn’t chat while watching PBO speak. Then had to watch the Brit commentary. My God. That MAN is our National Treasure. I think if they could, the Brits would kidnap him and keep him for their own. I imagine, during his speech all of them were thinking: “Barack, if only your dad had come here instead of America, you would have been our prime minister instead!!!”

    • 161 UT Austin Liberal
      May 25, 2011 at 12:10 pm

      Hahahaha that’s what I thought. And I kept saying “He’s OURS… He’s all OURS.” We want him Forever as POTUS.. but we’ll gladly take a 2nd term. 😉

    • 162 Theo67
      May 25, 2011 at 12:29 pm

      It was truly brilliant! The Speaker said it well when he said “you measure a man’s character by giving him power”. This was really an amazingly clear and inspiring speech. Even the lady who spoke afterwards was clearly awed, and did a remarkable summary. What a shame that many people in his own country will never hear the words of this incredible human being.

  69. 163 Carolyn
    May 25, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    What a speech! What a reception. As usual he hit the ball out of the park. This speech will be digested and deconstructed for days, probably years. I believe it will be one that will be studied years from now. I loved it that the speaker called him a statesman, he is! I also loved the lady who commented after the speech that he reminded us of the poetry of government. One commenter at the end said The Brits love a good speech, and this was a good speech!
    I don’t listen to many commenters. The one I like is the CNN international correspondent who schooled the rest of them in how important this is in the UK, and how much they all love him. She said a friend of hers was standing outside Buckingham Palace yesterday morning, watching William and Catherine go in, and the President and Michelle go in. The woman said..”Oh, he’s so beautiful, I had no idea how beautiful he is.” The journalist ( think she was) asked her who was so beautiful, thinking she was talking about William….and she said “President Obama. I can’t believe how beautiful he is.” See…others know!!!

    • 164 Proud of Obama
      May 25, 2011 at 12:12 pm

      He is indeed beautiful.

    • 165 UT Austin Liberal
      May 25, 2011 at 12:12 pm

      I know. I saw that on CNN. I applauded Zain Verjee for schooling them and showing them that not only is PBO loved in England …. he is LOVED and ADORED all over the world. He’s our freakin Presidential ROCKSTAR 😀

      • 166 Asher in Boston
        May 25, 2011 at 12:32 pm

        Love Zain Verjee, too. And she is President Obama’s Should I say ” sister or cousin” since she was born and raised in kenya. The entire world odores our President so the birters can go suck on it.

  70. 167 Allison
    May 25, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Wow! The Obamas make me proud… Very proud!!!! So sharp! Great photos…. Don’t they get tired??? 🙂

  71. 168 sherijr
    May 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I’m having a hard time expressing how I feel. President Barack Obama is the most amazing human being of our time, imo.. bar none. The only person that can top him, is him. The honor he received today and the way in which he responsded to this honor was really over-whelming to observe, to listen to.. I’m still soaking it in. Between Ireland, Moneygall & now Britian- it is all so touching, and so very well deserved. I am so glad that I am on the right side of history, I am so glad to know that I.. and all of us here are so savvy to KNOW the goodness of a person, and it is rejuvinating and heart-filling to see, to witness that there are so many very fine, aware and thoughtful person around the world who share this knowledge, people who are in positions of power- who are responding to the message our President has been speaking.
    When I was very young I was inspired by the real life words and deeds of Bobbie Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.. these were people I listened to on the radio and saw on my teevee, until they were taken away from us. I heard at an early age, these leaders repeat and expound upon the words and wisdom of Gandhi- They were ADULTS, LEAD and show willingness to work together to benefit all of us. Today I saw that I am not alone, we are not alone in recognizing this man as a true LEADER among us all. That he has greatness.

    • 169 Theo67
      May 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      Sheri – I run out of adjectives and superlatives with this man and his wife. They are just simply awesome, and we (the people of the world) are so lucky to have them at this time. I can’t wait to see what they do next.

      • 170 sherijr
        May 25, 2011 at 1:32 pm

        Oh me too Theo.. it is becoming impossible to describe the depth and breadth of feeling being stirred by him, his words, his actions, his deeds. They are indeed AWESOME. We have to pass this all on to everyone we know and love and those we don’t – so that history will get it right 😉

    • 171 dotster
      May 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      Well said, sherijr. I so agree.

    • 173 Kasai
      May 25, 2011 at 9:20 pm

      I am so with you Sherijr…. If, He’s not God sent…I don’t know what it is.

      While we’re all nervous before any speech, all he has to say is one word, to makes us feel at ease, or something funny to makes us laugh.

      God Bless the Obama!!!

  72. 174 Asher in Boston
    May 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Wow, what a brilliant speech! And what a warm welcome by the British House! I am always in awe of this beautiful President. Ana Chipsticks, thank you, thank you sooooooo much for all the eye candy you have availed to us on this beautiful journey.

  73. 175 CEB
    May 25, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I watched the stream from whitehouse.gov. One thing that struck me beyond his words was the look in his eyes. There was a humility, a deep sense of caring and seriousness; it seemed at times that he was almost in tears. I could feel the yearning, the desire that he has for all of us in both countries to realize what we have and to share it with others while respecting their differences. He seemed full at the end. This is a man who understands, deeply, the world around him; who has a sense of destiny, but not blind to our past failings and the possibility that we could make the same mistakes if we appproach the rest of the world with arrogance. I know PBO always says that we are the ones that we have been waiting for, but I must respectfully disagree with him to a certain point; He is the leader that we have been waiting for; truly transformative in a way that invites all to be better so that we can all thrive. How blessed we are.

    • 176 sherijr
      May 25, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      Oh CEB- APPLAUSE to YOU- you have clearly captured what I heard, what I feel and what I believe of him. So beautifull perfectly stated. Thank you. I am going to borrow your comment (with your name attached) and post it at BWD’s site too.. it really is spot on, imo… I hope you don’t mind.

    • 177 Theo67
      May 25, 2011 at 10:25 pm

      CEB – I know this is a really late response (but I’m just catching up with the day’s posts). This was so beautifully stated. Thank you – so right on all points.

  74. 178 Carolyn
    May 25, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    CEB: What you said 1,000 times.

  75. 179 M
    May 25, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    That last image is great. Is there video available of the continued applause as he left? I missed it, but from what I read above it sounded incredible.

  76. 180 Fred
    May 25, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    wondering if there is a clip of when he talked about his grandfather being a cook in the British Army?

  77. May 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Our President is amazing and awesome. That was a speech. I cried from the moment his motorcade drove up to the entrance with the tour, and then THE SPEECH. I could only think of how wonderful he must be feeling for his mother, father, grandparents and Michelle. My friends, today with that speech in that place, God’s grace was upon this man, our beloved President. I hope all of you will be able to see the entire speech and how beautifully he was received. I am so filled with hope and faith that we will re-elect this wonderful President. His heart is so big and his mind is so full of goodness. This speech will go down in history as one of his best. I am still crying. I am so full today. I hate to see him come back to this den of liars, haters, and ugly hearts. BUT we will continue to pray and pour out our respect and love for President Barack H. Obama.

  78. 182 hopefruit2
    May 25, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Candy Crowley, and Borger should be ashamed of themselves. Right after the president ended his speech, they made sure to cut out the extended applause and then immediately went on to comment on how he received little applause during the speech compared to Netanyahu who at his congressional speech yesterday received “thirty two” interruptions for applause and standing ovation. These CNN “pundits” should be tired by now of advertising their inexcusable ignorance to the world. Why didn’t they compare PBO’s speech to the three individuals (e.g., Mandela, Pope) who had given that same kind of speech before? No one gives a F@k about Nut n Yahoo and his B.S. remarks to his Teabagger cronies in congress.

    As the British pundit tried to emphasize to those fools, this parliamentary speech is not about applause, it’s about the reaffirmation of the relationship between the US and Britain. That was the purpose and honor bestowed to the President.

    • 183 COS
      May 26, 2011 at 2:14 am

      I watched PBO’s speech on C-span and the applause were neverending at the end of his speech. He was applauded until he walked out. I can’t stand Borje, and Candy has been working my nerves also. Borje never has anything good to say about PBO. I usually don’t listen to anything she has to say.

  79. 184 AnitaW
    May 25, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    I loved the clip with him and Clegg to show just how humble he can be in what was obviously an embarassing moment. That fact that he can laugh at himself is endearing.

  80. 186 Kasai
    May 25, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    I think we should all boycott MSNBC..
    I am so pissed with Rachel, Not One word about the President trip…. for someone that respects and yearn for history, she really missed the boat on today’s historic parliament speech, yet she has time for all sorts of BS???

    I will email her…and let her know, how i feel.

    Shame on all of them…Let’s make some noise..even if they don’t do anything, it will alarm them, that we are watching and they might be the next Glen

    • 187 sherijr
      May 25, 2011 at 9:51 pm

      I don’t watch teevee news at all.. which only means that I don’t have any attachments or expectations of these pundits, none of them. MSNBC is just another ‘news’ organization and imo ALL of the pundits are working for a paycheck… and ultimately will say and do what earns them that paycheck. ANY NETWORK that has kept Pat Bucchannon(sp) on all these years, and any network that would hire Michael STeele.. is NOT a “liberal” network and is not our friend. Sometimes they may get it right and maybe Rachel gets it right more frequently than others, but really is that good enough? They have an obligation to the public to get it right everytime. They are not reporters, not journalists, they are cute – Rachel is cute and apparently quite well educated and Gay.. thus she is supposed to speak ‘for’ the left. Don’t be sold on this stuff on any level. They hired Michael Steele for goodness sake, why do we suppose that is? My belief is – for exactly the same reason the RNC hired him. Anyway, that really is just my opinion, kinda like a pundit.. worth not much in the long run 😉

      • 188 Theo67
        May 25, 2011 at 10:40 pm

        I totally agree with you – why does a “liberal” station hire the recently fired head Republican guy, who is still shilling for the group that humiliated him and cast him out? They are all whores for money. They don’t care about this country.

        • 189 sherijr
          May 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm

          lol HA! glad you said it so I wouldn’t have to Theo 😉

          I think Michael Steele’s brand new gig at MSNBC is all about being the black guy they hired to throw down 😉 on President Obama- that other black guy. I think MSNBC is just as ignorant and foolish as the RNC. They’ll trot him out to ‘analyze’ from the ‘black perspective’… I’m betting they won’t even try to remind us that he’s a Republican.. only that he thinks with the same brain all black folk think with 😉 ;). I could be wrong, but I don’t trust this kind of behavior.. of all the seriously intelligent thoughtful Black Folk in America.. and they come home with Michael Steele. puhleeze.

          • 190 hopefruit2
            May 26, 2011 at 2:34 pm

            Well, Steele better be prepared – because come Nov 2012, if Obama is relected, Steele will be given his walking papers shortly thereafter.


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