Obama Parliament

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 4:23pm

President Obama becomes the first U.S. President to address British Parliament.


Wednesday, President Obama gave a speech to the British Parliament and was roundly cheered when he insisted the United States and Great Britain remain the world leaders in the fight for freedom, a fight going on right now in Libya.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill, some democrats but mostly republicans, were protesting President Obama joining with Britain to fight in Libya.

But he won praise in London, and proof of how highly he's regarded.

He was the first U.S. president to receive a rare honor, a call to address Britain's Parliament in Westminster Hall.

The Pope, the Queen and Nelson Mandela were the last three who did it.

Many British love President Obama.

He told them that the U.K. and the U.S. remain the world leaders in the fight for freedom.

Saving the people of Benghazi, Libya from Moammar Khaddafy got the U.S. and U.K. into that war.

Prime Minister Cameron and Mr. Obama vowed not to quit.

"Khaddafy and his regime need to understand there will not be a let up in the pressure that we are applying," said President Obama.

Back on Capitol Hill, lawmakers protested.

They say Congress was ignored on Libya.

"The President is not a king and shouldn't act like a king!" said Representative Dan Burton of Indiana.

Back in the land of kings and queens, and bangers and burgers and chops, President Obama helped serve a British barbecue to U.S. servicemen and women invited to Prime Minister Cameron's backyard at Number 10 Downing Street.

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