In an address at a state banquet last night, President Obama highlighted the strength and substance of the bond the US and the Britain share.
At a sumptuous state banquet held in his honor, US President Obama extolled the virtues of the special relationship between the United States and Britain, an association that might lack some of the glamour of last month’s nuptials but continues to endure far longer than most royal marriages do.
In a striking address, Mr. Obama highlighted the strength and substance of the bond the two nations share.
“I’m particularly grateful for the solidarity that the UK has shown to America over the past decade,” Obama said at the dinner. “From that day to this you have been our closest partner in the struggle to protect our people from terrorist attacks and violent extremism around the world despite the very heavy sacrifices here. Allow me to pay tribute to your military forces that have stood shoulder to shoulder with us for decades.”
The lavish affair in the palace’s opulent ballroom was clearly designed to leave an impression on America’s head of state. But it was Obama’s skills as an orator and the warmth of his message that made the most impact to observers.