became the first US President to address both Houses of Parliament!!
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/ma … ion-speech
I think Tom Hanks is American royalty, so he would be there. Obama's address to parliament in Westminster Hall, built over a thousand years ago, showed how much politics has changed in that time. A democratically elected president addressing their lordships and a prime minister who is only elected by his fellow honourable friends, although showing political differences between the UK and USA, showed also the determination to share common causes. It was interesting to see the mixture of ancient and modern.
He was not the first President to address both houses of Parliment. He was the first to do it in Abby Hall
As for Tom Hanks, can you say campaining?
Apparently, President Reagan and President Clinton, have also addressed the Members of both Houses of Parliament ~ in 1982 and 1995 ~ both in the Royal Gallery.
This address, by Obama, took place in Westminster Hall, one of the only parts of the current building, which dates back to old Westminster Palace, built in 1097.
http://www.parliament.uk/business/news/ … t-address/
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