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International Relations, UK -- Obama got a standing ovation as he --

  1. prettydarkhorse profile image66
    prettydarkhorseposted 6 years ago

    became the first US President to address both Houses of Parliament!!


    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/ma … ion-speech

  2. CMHypno profile image93
    CMHypnoposted 6 years ago

    But why was Tom Hanks there?

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    Muldanianmanposted 6 years ago

    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.

  4. hottopics profile image58
    hottopicsposted 6 years ago

    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?

  5. Trish_M profile image83
    Trish_Mposted 6 years ago

    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/