Power lunch
May 26th, 2011
09:42 AM ET

Power lunch

President Obama is meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, among others, at the G8 summit in Deauville, France.

Obama's meetings come on the heels of a high-profile visit to London, where he made the case that Western leadership of the world remains "essential to the cause of human dignity."


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POTUS Schedule, May 26, 2011
May 26th, 2011
03:00 AM ET

POTUS Schedule, May 26, 2011

The president continues his jaunt through Europe Thursday, heading to Deauville, France for the main event - the annual G8 summit.

It's a full day of high-stakes diplomacy: highlights include separate meetings with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and French President Nicolas Sarkozy followed by a series of events at the G8.

And in the evening, he will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan.

Full schedule after the jump: FULL POST


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May 25th, 2011
03:13 PM ET

The Pope, the Queen, Nelson Mandela & Obama–what do they have in common?

LONDON (CNN)–With all the pomp and pageantry that Britain could muster President Obama Wednesday made history as the first American president to stand in London's Westminster Hall to address both Houses of Parliament.

He began on a lighter note saying, "I am told that the last three speakers here have been the Pope, Her Majesty the Queen, and Nelson Mandela - which is either a very high bar or the beginning of a very funny joke."

There was no punch line.  The president did speak about the strong relationship between Britainand the United States and the challenges ahead. (read more here)

-On the British-American relationship: "But as we enter this new chapter in our shared history, profound challenges stretch before us.  In a world where the prosperity of all nations is now inextricably linked, a new era of cooperation is required to ensure the growth and stability of the global economy.  As new threats spread across borders and oceans, we must dismantle terrorist networks and stop the spread of nuclear weapons, confront climate change and combat famine and disease.  And as a revolution races through the streets of the Middle East and North Africa, the entire world has a stake in the aspirations of a generation that longs to determine its own destiny." 

-On Libya: "We will proceed with humility, and the knowledge that we cannot dictate every outcome abroad.  Ultimately, freedom must be won by the people themselves, not imposed from without.  But we can and must stand with those who so struggle.  Because we have always believed that the future of our children and grandchildren will be better if other people's children and grandchildren are more prosperous and more free - from the beaches of Normandy to the Balkans to Benghazi."

-On the "Arab spring": "History tells us that democracy is not easy.  It will be years before these revolutions reach their conclusion, and there will be difficult days along the way.  Power rarely gives up without a fight - particularly in places where there are divisions of tribe and divisions of sect.  We also know that populism can take dangerous turns - from the extremism of those who would use democracy to deny minority rights, to the nationalism that left so many scars on this continent in the 20th century."


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Mrs. Obama’s relationship advice to girls
May 25th, 2011
02:17 PM ET

Mrs. Obama’s relationship advice to girls

By CNN White House Producer Shawna Shepherd


LONDON (CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama confessed she didn’t see the presidency in Barack Obama’s future when they first met over 20 years ago.

Mrs. Obama jokingly responded with “absolutely not” when a high school student asked the first lady, “when you first met the president did you think he would go on to do such great things?”

After that quip she shared stories about a young man who showed a lot of promise, but admitted she didn’t think he was going to win the presidential nomination until election night.

“I always thought he would be useful, but I had no idea he was going to be president,” Mrs. Obama said to female high school students from the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School, who were participating in a day-long university “immersion experience” at the University of Oxford outside of London.

FULL POST


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Oh, you shouldn't have
May 25th, 2011
02:02 PM ET

Oh, you shouldn't have

More news from the gift-giving front:

President Obama has given British Prime Minister David Cameron cuff-links engraved with the president's signature and a first edition copy of President Kennedy’s “Profiles in Courage.”

More details from a White House official:

The President and Mrs. Obama gave the Prime Minister a custom-made pair of White House Magnolia wood and sterling silver cufflinks engraved on the reverse with the President's signature, as well as a first edition of President John F. Kennedy's book, Profiles in Courage.

The President and Mrs. Obama gave Mrs. Cameron a custom-designed sterling silver cuff bracelet adorned with a White House Magnolia wood cabochon center, which was presented together with the cufflinks in a hand-carved Magnolia wood valet tray crafted specially for this occasion. The Magnolia wood gifts were fabricated from the Magnolia trees that fell on the grounds of The White House during the snow storm of February 2009.

Each of Prime Minister and Mrs. Cameron's children received a signed, personalized copy of President Obama's book Of Thee I Sing. Nancy and Elwen also received classic American kid toy scooters, and Florence received a handcrafted wooden jigsaw puzzle of Bo Obama, the First Family's dog, and a stuffed animal of Bo.


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Obama, Cameron meet the press
May 25th, 2011
09:30 AM ET

Obama, Cameron meet the press

President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron fielded questions from reporters in London Wednesday morning. Among the highlights:

- Obama says the pressure on Moammar Gadhafi will continue: "We will continue to strongly oppose the use of violence against protesters."

- They will raise the issue of the Arab uprisings at the upcoming G8 summit

- Obama said America's relationship with Britain is "the strongest it has ever been" and said the two nations were committed to working together on global economic recovery and fighting the war on terror.

- Cameron said the U.S. killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was "a strike right at the heart of international terrorism" and that Britain and the United States must work closely with Pakistan in the future.


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May 25th, 2011
08:33 AM ET

Obama gets the royal treatment

CNN's Brianna Keilar runs down Obama's first day in London.


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POTUS schedule for May 25, 2011
May 25th, 2011
04:00 AM ET

POTUS schedule for May 25, 2011

Another jam-packed day ahead for the president, though perhaps less entertaining (no ping pong on the agenda).

Highlights include holding a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, a barbecue to honor families of U.S. and U.K. service members, a speech to the U.K. parliament, and a meet-and-greet at the U.S. Embassy.

And this evening the Obama’s will hold a dinner for the Queen at the residence of the American ambassador in London.

Full schedule as provided by the White House after the jump:
FULL POST


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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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