The Queen's star-studded bash for Obama
May 24th, 2011
04:14 PM ET

The Queen's star-studded bash for Obama

The Queen has invited a who's who of celebrities and politicians to attend Tuesday's state dinner at Buckingham Palace in honor of President Obama.

The 171-person guest list includes Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, former Prime Minister Tony Blair, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Labor Party leader Ed Miliband, Barrister Justine Thornton, Richard Branson, London Mayor Boris Johnson, director Tim Burton, actress Helena Bonham-Carter, actor Kevin Spacey, actress Kristin Chenoweth, actor Tom Hanks, actress Rita Wilson, and historian Dorris Kearns Goodwin.

Sitting at the president's table is Mrs. Obama, the Queen and Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla, Clinton, and Cameron.  Of course, the Queen and Obama are seated at the head of the large U-shaped table.


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A visit to 10 Downing
May 24th, 2011
03:27 PM ET

A visit to 10 Downing

The Obamas are greeted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha at 10 Downing Street earlier Tuesday, before going inside for a private meet and greet. A short time later, Obama and Cameron visited Globe Academy, where they met with students and played a little table tennis.

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May 24th, 2011
02:19 PM ET

Obama Puerto Rico bound

President Obama has accepted an invitation to make an official visit to Puerto Rico, the U.S. commonwealth's governor said Tuesday. An administration official confirmed the visit to CNN's Ed Henry.

Gov. Luis G. Fortuño's statement on the visit after the jump:
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Oops: Obama signs wrong year at Westminster Abbey?
May 24th, 2011
01:39 PM ET

Oops: Obama signs wrong year at Westminster Abbey?

A message written by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in a guest book during their visit to Westminster Abbey Tuesday has the day right but appears to be three years off.

The message reads, "It is a great privilege to commemorate our common heritage and common sacrifice."

A Westminster Abbey spokesperson confirmed to The Telegraph that the president himself wrote the date.


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Covering the president and discovering my Irish roots
CNN photojournalist Barry Schlegel sits among the cases of television equipment the American TV networks brought to cover the European trip of President Barack Obama.
May 24th, 2011
01:21 PM ET

Covering the president and discovering my Irish roots

DUBLIN (CNN) –In my position as a photojournalist with CNN I have had the opportunity to cover several American presidents. Occasionally I get to go on overseas trips. The arena of world politics is a challenging one, and it’s kind of neat to see how you feel that your "leader" stacks up when they are on the international stage. It’s always a lot of work on these trips, but there is the excitement of being in a foreign country, if only for a brief period.

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have visited Ireland, and guess what, I came along!  I know, I know!  There’s nothing newsworthy in the presence of one extra camera guy, but you see I’ve NEVER been to Ireland.  Actually, I had been, in the sparkling twinkle in the eye, the humor, and the loving smile of my mother whose maiden name was Creegan.  FULL POST

All in a day's work
May 24th, 2011
12:52 PM ET

All in a day's work

President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron play table tennis with students of the Globe Academy school in London. "We may to switch it up," Obama said after the duo lost a few points to their younger counterparts. "You can't have the old guys against the young."


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Did you know?
President Obama chats with Queen Elizabeth Tuesday in London.
May 24th, 2011
12:00 PM ET

Did you know?

President and Mrs. Obama today met with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip in London. President Obama is the 12th U.S. president to have served during the Queen's reign. The only American president the Queen did not meet was Lyndon Johnson. She met presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama. She met President Truman in 1951 while she was still a princess.

The gift for somebody that has everything
May 24th, 2011
11:40 AM ET

The gift for somebody that has everything

Presenting a gift to the Queen of England can always be a tricky affair – just ask the Obamas, who faced criticism after presenting the Queen with an iPod two years ago.

Though perennially on top of most people's wish list, some etiquette critics at the time thought an iPod was a tad declasse for someone of the Queen's stature.

This year it appears the first couple went a safer route – offering the Queen “a collection of rare memorabilia and photographs in a handmade leather bound album that chronologically highlights her parents' (King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) visit to the United States in 1939,” according to the White House.
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Obamas get William and Kate’s digs
The Obamas met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (formerly Prince William and Kate Middleton) Tuesday morning.
May 24th, 2011
09:50 AM ET

Obamas get William and Kate’s digs

The Obamas are getting the royal treatment from Buckingham Palace – literally.

The first family will spend the night in a six-room suite in the palace – the same one used by Prince William and Kate Middleton (now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) on their wedding night.

Lest there be any snickers, one palace aide noted, "It may not be the same bed.”
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In London, Obama talks Midwest tornadoes
May 24th, 2011
09:26 AM ET

In London, Obama talks Midwest tornadoes

President Obama says he’ll visit Missouri on Sunday to survey damage from the weekend’s tornado:

At my direction, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and Deputy Administrator Rich Serino have traveled to Missouri to make sure our federal government is working hand in hand with state and local officials to give them the help that they need. And on Sunday, I myself will travel to Missouri to talk with folks who’ve been affected, to talk to local officials about our response effort and hopefully to pray with folks and give them whatever assurance and comfort I can that the entire country is going to be behind them.

Obama’s full comments after the jump:
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