Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Obama's Speech in London May 25

Obama is the first president to give a speech at Westminster Hall. There was a lot of formality, red carpet, orchestra, trumpets at Obama's arrival. No applause until the end. This is the entire video of Obama's speech to Parliament (Read his entire speech here):

Obama's speech began:
My Lord Chancellor, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Prime Minister, my Lords, and Members of the House of Commons:
I have known few greater honors than the opportunity to address the Mother of Parliaments at Westminster Hall. I'm told the last three speakers here have been The Pope, Her Majesty the Queen, and Nelson Mandela, which is either a very high bar or the beginning of a very funny joke.
I come here today to reaffirm one of the oldest and strongest alliances the world has ever known. It has long been said that the United States and the United Kingdom share a special relationship. And since we also share an especially active press corps, that relationship is often analyzed and overanalyzed for the slightest hint of stress or strain.