London mayor Boris Johnson stood by his remarks that Mr Obama’s comments were “perverse”. “And now, I’m thinking about leaving the organization that gives me access to that market, and that is responsible for millions of jobs in my country and responsible for an enormous amount of commerce and upon which a lot of businesses depend, that is not something I would probably do”, Obama said.
Such a meeting between an American president and leader of the opposition would usually be routine during a trip to Britain stretching across three days, but Labour officials could only say in the past few days they “hoped” to announce a get-together was happening.
He says he took the Churchill bust out of the Oval Office because “there’s only so many tables where you can put busts” and that too many sculptures in the office would make it look “cluttered”.
U.S. President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks to a town hall meeting with an audience from the U.S. Embassy’s Young Leaders UK program at Lindley Hall, the Royal Horticultural Society, in London, Saturday, April 23, 2016.
Obama and his wife Michelle congratulated Queen Elizabeth, who celebrated her 90th birthday on Thursday, before he proceeded to Downing Street for talks with Cameron.
He said the greatest allies in the fight against terrorism were Muslim Americans.
The White House says Obama congratulated Corbyn on his election and that the two discussed the impact of globalization on labor unions and working people.
In the most tangible sign yet of Obama’s long goodbye, The New York Times reported this week that presidential aides have begun the process that will transition the mammoth USA government into the hands of the 45th President next January. It would send the wrong signal. For Obama, they provide a last chance to capitalize on his relatively resilient popularity overseas. “He hasn’t told us how to vote, he’s advised us what he thinks the US’s perspective is”.
We get them because it is to the mutual benefit of both parties, and we have a roughly balanced trade with the United States.
Asked about his biggest achievement in the past eight years as president, Mr Obama cited bringing in health insurance and dealing with the financial crash.
“Saving the world economy from a great depression, that was pretty good”.
“He (Obama) argued that he thinks it is in America’s interests for the United Kingdom to stay in the European Union, but what is good for USA politicians is not necessarily good for the British people”, Raab said.
“One of the dangers is that by electing a black president people say there must be no problem at all”.
The president said he started out backing civil partnerships but gay friends helped persuade him that did not go far enough and full marriage equality was needed. “Compromise does not mean surrendering what you believe”.
“It will be the next president, and the next congress, who will be in charge of any trade arrangements”.
Mr Obama was urged to do more for the trans community by someone who said they were doing something “crazy” and coming out to him as a non-binary person.
“I am here to ask you to reject the notion we are gripped by forces that we can not control”.
He said Mr Cameron is “ahead of the curve” on LGBT issues.
A Sikh questioner called for movement on issues like discrimination at airport security.