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History In The Making As Barack Obama First US President Talks In Westminster Hall

Updated on May 25, 2011

President Barack Obama has made another first in history. As well as being the first black US President he has also become the first American President to speak to members of both the House of Lords and House of Commons in Westminster Hall, the oldest building in the Palace of Westminster’s 900 year history; Absolutely phenomenal.

The address to the Houses was a little delayed because Barack wanted to take in the history of the magnificent Palace of Westminster which has seen a King deposed, countless coronations, funerals and trials, as he took a mini guided tour.

After the tour Mr Obama made his way to Westminster Hall where he was greeted by the pomp and ceremony of a trumpet fanfare. You could see that Barack was enthralled by his surroundings as he paid respects to, as he called it, the ‘Mother of Parliaments.’ He continued and began his speech in a light hearted manner when he referred to his predecessors, the Queen, the Pope and Nelson Mandela who had all given speeches at Westminster Hall as either setting a high bar to meet or the beginning of a very funny joke. It relaxed the atmosphere as the Lords and Parliamentarians broke into spontaneous laughter.

The speech confirmed that the alliance between America and the UK is still strong, if not stronger than before, and that they are the hope for the world as they champion democracy, challenge oppression, encourage freedom of the individual to succeed and acceptance of diversity.

As Mr President Barack Obama said it is that acceptance of diversity - and of newcomers - that makes it possible for the grandson of a Kenyan who served as a cook in the British Army to stand before you as President of the United States".

A great speech by a 'giant' amongst statesmen. A truly momentous occasion.

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    • editorsupremo profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, England

      Me too Nell. He's so charismatic. When I see him hugging and kissing european style, I wish I could just get in between and get a squeeze! Love Michelle too.

      Pity we can't vote in the next US elections, at least he'll have two guaranteed backers!


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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, I love him! I think he is wonderful, so many Presidents and politicians from here and the States tend to be lacking a sense of humour, he brings something new to it all, they way he mixes with the crowd and has a joke and a laugh, I hope he gets in again at the next election, thanks nell

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      7 years ago from Norway

      Nice hub, thanks for sharing

    • editorsupremo profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, England

      Hi Phoebe

      Thanks for your comment.

      I watched the speech from beginning to end and was so proud watching your president articulate about the special bond between the US and the UK.

      The problem with those who criticize him is that they don't understand that he is constrained by many political policies and cannot please all of the people all of the time.

      However, I'd like to see if they could do a better job, I very much doubt it.



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      Phoebe Pike 

      7 years ago

      I am so glad to read a hub that isn't bad mouthing our president. Thank you for such a refreshing read. I am so tired of hubbers saying bad things about him. So thank you for this read. :)


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