President Obama Addressed the British Parliament

President Obama is the first American president to give an address to the British Parliament in Westminster Hall. It is a distinction denied to previous U.S. heads of state and has been used by only three foreign leaders since the Second World War. He kicked off his speech with a joke: that following in the footsteps of the Queen, Pope and Nelson Mandela was either “a very high bar or the beginning of a joke”. He addressed a variety of topics such as Afghanistan, the death of Bin Laden and human rights. He reflected on the shared history between the two countries and how they could work together to confront their common challenges.

President Obama is the first American president to give an address to the British Parliament in Westminster Hall. It is a distinction denied to previous U.S. heads of state and has been used by only three foreign leaders since the Second World War. He kicked off his speech with a joke: that following in the footsteps of the Queen, Pope and Nelson Mandela was either “a very high bar or the beginning of a joke”. He addressed a variety of topics such as Afghanistan, the death of Bin Laden and human rights. He reflected on the shared history between the two countries and how they could work together to confront their common challenges. 
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