European unity not in crisis, but under strain: Obama


US President Barack Obama on Friday called for the repeal of laws in North Carolina and MS which discriminate on the basis of sexual and gender orientation.

The Obamas were welcomed on Friday evening by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry for dinner at Kensington Palace.

A No 10 source said: “Not only do you have the serving United States president setting out why the UK is better off staying in the European Union, but now those who aspire to be president too”.

Obama, addressing a question about a travel advisory put out by the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office during a press conference Friday, said U.K. travelers would be met with “extraordinary hospitality” in both states, while speaking alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron.

President Barack Obama has gone the extra mile – thousands of miles, actually – to deliver 90th birthday greetings to Queen Elizabeth II.

The president also praised the Black Lives Matter movement for raising awareness but warned that you “can’t just keep on yelling” at people who want to sit down and talk.

A YouGov poll showed that while British voters think Obama has done a good job as US president, 53 percent felt it was inappropriate for Obama to express a preference on how Britain should vote, while 35 percent said it was appropriate. Conservative MP Boris Johnson, a leader of the Brexit movement, recently opined that Obama’s antipathy toward Britain stemmed from his Kenyan heritage that has marinated him with a hatred of the country’s imperial past.

Obama opened his last full day in London by taking in a brief performance cribbed from William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet“, including portions of the prince of Denmark’s famous “To be or not to be” soliloquy.

The performance was part of Obama’s tour of the Globe theater – his way of partaking in the widespread commemorations of the Bard on the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death.

Obama on Saturday declared stripped-down version of famous play, performed by actors in street clothes, “wonderful”.

President Obama urged a group of young Britons to reject isolationism and xenophobia at a town hall event in London on Saturday, encouraging them to embrace change rather than run from it.

He praised the close relationship between the U.S. and the United Kingdom, which he said had improved dramatically since the British “burned down my house” – a reference to the torching of the White House in the war of 1812-1814.

Cabinet ministers accused the “lame duck” USA president of making meaningless threats to blackmail the British people into voting to remain in Europe.

“We have confidence that when the involved in a problem that they’re going to help solve it in the right way”.

“When Europeans are united, when they’re working together, they are a lot stronger, they are a lot more effective”, he said.

Obama was likely to face fresh questions about Britain’s possible exit from the European Union, dubbed Brexit, at Saturday’s town hall.


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