Obama Meets With Queen Of England
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NPR's Scott Horsley is travelling with the president and he sent this report.
SCOTT HORSLEY: The president and first lady will spend tonight in Buckingham Palace, in the same suite where the young royals, William and Katherine, spent their wedding night just last month. The Obamas missed the royal wedding, but they met the young couple today. And the British gift for pageantry was still very much on display, during this first state visit by an American president in nearly eight years.
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HORSLEY: Heather Conley, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says that connection is at the heart of this two-day presidential visit.
HEATHER CONLEY: I think the focus for the visit of the U.K. is really to put the special back into the U.S.-U.K. special relationship.
HORSLEY: Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes says Mr. Obama will highlight that relationship with Britain and more broadly with Europe, when he speaks to a joint session of Parliament tomorrow and again at the G-8 Summit in France later this week.
BEN RHODES: We recognize that we live in a new world. What the president will reaffirm, though, is that the alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom, and the broader trans- Atlantic alliance is the cornerstone of global security and the extension of the democratic values that we share.
HORSLEY: That's not easy at a time when much of Europe is wrestling with its own financial troubles. Before addressing the challenge of this new century, Mr. Obama paused today to remember the shared sacrifice of the last one.
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HORSLEY: Throughout this European trip, Mr. Obama has been forced to keep one eye focused back home. He's spoken twice with Missouri's governor about the deadly tornado in Joplin on Sunday. Today, he promised the federal government will continue to assist the storm victims, after the news cameras have gone.
BARACK OBAMA: I know that a lot of people are wondering how they'll get through the coming days or months or even years. But I want everybody in Joplin, everybody in Missouri, everybody in Minnesota, everybody across the Midwest to know that we are here for you.
HORSLEY: Scott Horsley, NPR news, London.
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