wellington hBarack Obamas visit to the UK: as it happened day two

17.03 Second, Jon Snow of Channel 4 News:

15.37 On the twin subjects of CBSs Mark Knoller and London landmarks, I have to disagree with him here:

The BBC mikes have picked up on a jokey apology from Mr Clegg to the President – revealing that the Buckingham Palace band accidentally crashed the end of Obamas speech during the last nights state banquet.

With the Government considering whether to introduce a written British Bill of Rights, President Obamas words on the contribution both Britain and America have played in enshrining constitutional principles into law will have been listened to with a keen ear by David Cameron and Nick Clegg.

11.07 CBSs Mark Knoller is well worth following on Twitter for his insights into this visit. He has this on President Obamas address to both houses of Parliament later:

10.13 Rosa Prince, our political correspondent, who is sitting alongside me to provide the political context on this important day, gets in touch with the following:

Over at Christ Church, Michelle is giving a warm, encouraging speech – in which she says that she identifies with the girls from EGA school – like her from an inner city, at times tough backgrounds – and hopes that they will go on to great institutions like Oxford.

13.09 Rosa Prince again:

He says that he and the President will push for a package of measures to support the Arab Spring. This will be welcomed by those in Europe who fear the US drive on the nascent uprisings has been distracted by the jubilation over the taking out of Osama bin Laden.

15.22 The BBC is showing a sort of Special Relationship Greatest Hits reel, including the meeting between Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, and that between Tony Blair and George W Bush, before ending on the Obameron moment of a few minutes ago.

Its next stop Oxford for Michelle Obama. There she will be reunited with pupils from the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson school in north London, where she was given a warm welcome on her last trip to London two years ago.

Our man inside the Hall says that Gordon Brown and Tony Blair are chuckling away together. David Cameron has slipped in beside Mr Clegg. Westminster Hall is one of the most impressive parts of Parliament, to my mind. Heres the lowdown on it.

16.35 Another key point was that Mr Obama compared the pro-democratic movement in the Middle East and north Africa to the revolutions in eastern Europe at the end of the Cold War.

16.22 More from Rosa:

Once again the Duke of Edinburgh shows himself to be a master of the one-liner. People on Twitter are saying that he extemporized one of his mous quips as the Obamas disembarked from their eight-ton, bomb-proof Cadillac limousine. This is the Beast you may have read about: it has eight-inch-thick doors, oxygen tanks, hidden submachine guns, tear-gas cannons, Kevlar-reinforced run-flat tyres and glass that can withstand armour-piercing bullets. It must seem like something out of Star Trek to Prince Philip, so no wonder (it’s said) he waved in the direction of the car and said: You survived. Mrs Obama seems to have got the joke; apparently she was tittering.

16.41 Mr Obamas final point was that both Britain and America are countries built on national values, rather than ethnicities, and that they are demonstrations of the ct that people can be united by our ideals rather than divided by our differences. Our patchwork heritage is an enormous strength, he says.

First question to Nick Robinson, who sneaks in several queries under the guise of one. In response to question one, subset one, Mr Cameron says that he and the President have agreed to turn up the heat in Libya.

Given the early start, I hope they were hungry – but not too much. The tight schedule means that Mr C and President O will not get much time for chowing down.

US and British service personnel have begun arriving at No 10 for the barbecue in their honour – full uniforms and medals proudly on display. Caring for service milies is something which is particularly close to Michelle Obamas heart, and she has dedicated much of her time as First Lady to improving the lot of the wives and milies of those risking their lives for their country.

17.26 Rosa Prince has the following:

12.22 Andrew Porter has some relieving news, after the bad news for ITV earlier on (11.51): Eh up. Peace is restored. ITVs Tom Bradby will now get a question. Phew.

11.51 Andrew Porter gets in touch:

11.17 Rosa Prince has a bit of colour on the barbecue this lunchtime hosted by the First Lady and Samantha Cameron:

20.55 Heres the full guest list for tonightand there are not many unknown ces! Attending are: The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, David Cameron, Samantha Cameron, Viscountess Astor, J.K. Rowling, Tom Hanks, Tim Collins, David Beckham, Doris Kearns Goodwin, American historian, Colin Firth, Marjorie Susman, US ambassador’s wife, Chris Dercon, Ffion Hague, Joshua Berger

09.47 Benedict Brogan, our deputy editor, has this snippet from his daily politics briefing:

He also talks about Israel, saying that two states, with an end to attacks on Israel and with dignity for Palestine, must be the goal.

I always thought he would be useful but I had no idea he would be President. I didnt think he was going to be President until the night we were standing on the stage and he won.

20.21 More details about who else is at the banquest tonight is starting to come in. Its believed that the actors, Tom Hanks and Colin Firth, and David Beckham, the footballer, will be there.

10.11 Obviously the real story here is none of this politics or international afirs or war stuff, its what Michelle Obama and Samantha Cameron are wearing, because clearly these two powerful and intelligent women – a lawyer and a former company director, remember – can best be judged on the colour of their frocks. So you will be pleased to know that yesterday.

12.43 Rosa Prince again:

16.21 Mr Obama gets a round of applause when he says that it says a lot about both countries and the value of the pursuit of liberty that the grandson of a Kenyan who served as a cook in the British army can stand before them as the President of the United States.

17.37 Ha. Phew. Its okay. Samantha Cameron was not forgotten in this little get-together:

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12.59 Rosa Prince has some more:

All smiles – but after the photo-ops, the serious work begins. Around 90 minutes of talks have been scheduled – if they go any longer than that, they risk missing Sam Cam and Michelles barby in the Downing Street Rose Garden.

William Hague has just gone into No 10 with his US counterpart, Hillary Clinton. Rare to see Downing Street staffers in the street trying to take photos of a visiting secretary of state – a sign of the enduring Clinton star power.

17.16 Office curmudgeon and political correspondent James Kirkup gets his harrumph on: David Cameron and Barack Obama get on together. So what?

14.54 Alex Spillius has filed a write-up of the Cameron-Obama press conference: David Cameron vows to turn up the heat in Libya:

Personally, I like Obama, and I’m glad he’s here. But the palpable excitement of David Cameron at just getting to hang out with Barack is ever so intly embarrassing. There was that zingy high-five at the ping-pong match (eagerly initiated by David, I noted, although Barack graciously responded in kind). There was the Cameronian glow of pure happiness over the Downing Street barbecue (or was it just the ce-flushing heat of the grill: who can say?).

Not his finest but the setting of Westminster Hall made up for that. Deep tribute to US-UK ties. If we dont lead, who will?

We know Dave’s desperate to be BFFs with Obama but this was too much. Let’s hope jellied eels and parkin will be on the menu next time.

Interesting to hear Obama speaking about the necessity of working with imperfect partners in the Middle East – and acknowledging that Americas motives have been questioned in the past. He is promising humility while standing with those struggling for freedom. Long live liberal interventionism.

Were awaiting the Obameron presser on a sunny lawn; will make for good images for both but watch out for awkwardness on Libya

10.43 Regarding the special bomb-proof Beast, or Obamamobile, or Cadillac One, whatever you choose to call Mr Obamas choice of vehicle, heres our blogger Andrew M Brown on the subject – To Prince Philip, Barack Obamas bomb-proof Cadillac probably seems like something out of Star Trek:

Barack Obama will then address both houses of Parliament at about 4.30pm on US foreign policy, with remarks heavily trailed. Meanwhile, Michelle Obama is visiting Oxford (according to Sue Cameron, some MPs are smarting about that)

Ken Clarke apparently asleep during Obamas speech. And embedded below is some of that speech on which Mr Clarke voted with his eyelids:

19.53 Barack Obama has just arrived at the ambassadors residence for dinner. Mr Obama will host dinner for The Queen. How nice.

Apparently, when David Cameron and Nick Clegg played tennis together – just the once – the Lib Dem was struck by how much more competitive his Tory colleague was. But it’s no surprise: political alpha males just can’t help showing their dominance on the sports field.

Panic over – SamCam did get a gift of her own – a silver bracelet in the same style as the cufflinks. The Camerons were also given a first edition of Profiles in Courage, the book by President John Kennedy. Little Florences toy is in modelled on the Obamas pet dog Bo.

20.25 We now have the menu for tonights dinner and here it is: Lobster Ravioli, Griddled fillet of aged highland beef with crushed Jersey Royal potatoes, asparagus and minted broad beans, pecan pie and brandy ice cream.

13.44 Mr Cameron agrees that Israel must know that Britain and Israels allies will always stand up for Israels right to exist, for its security, but that Palestinians must know that Britain will also support their right for dignity, and that the starting point is a return to the 1967 borders as Obama said in his bold and visionary speech to the UN. He compares it to Northern Ireland, and says that peace can only come about when there is some understanding, on each side, of the other side.

12.19 Rosa Prince has more:

That’s why it was so interesting to see Cameron and Barack Obama take to the ping-pong table. It was probably the only moment of the whole state visit (in front of the cameras, at least) that we had a chance of seeing their real selves shine through.

@edhenrycnn President good-naturedly joked that he will call on reporters who stood. He also quipped that when he first took office everybody stood.

Hacks are taking bets on whether Cameron or Obama will be first to make a gag – a la Dubya – about Nick Robinsons sunburnt dome.

The cameras missed it to concentrate on her husband, but Michelle Obama took part in rather a sweet question and answer session with youngsters at Christ Church.

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@edhenrycnn Note the Cameron attempt to bond personally: Barack & I both came to age in the 80s and 90s

13.50 Rosa Prince on the Israel stuff:

They were running a bit late for the presser, but finally here they are. Fair bet to say Israel will also come up – probably in the form of a question from the US side.

Nick Cleggs presence at the Obama talks is a victory for the yellow side of the Coalition. A request for the Deputy PM to take part in the discussion was originally turned down, leading to a very sulky briefing from Lib Dem press officers who claimed that Mr Clegg understood that the President had other things to occupy his time.

10.36 Another chance to catch up with a bit of the overnight stuff: heres Gordon Rayner, our chief reporter, on President Obamas tribute to the enduring bond between the two nations (not to be confused with the special relationship, the essential relationship, or the friendship with benefits):

What began on this island would inspire millions throughout the continent of Europe and across the world.

Theyre terrified of infection while theyre here, arent they? Yesterday it was all about not drinking tap water. Its like Howard Hughes. Or something out of Dr Strangelove. We promise not to steal your precious bodily fluids during your trip to London, dear Americans.

The two priorities for the talks will be Libya and Afghanistan, with David Cameron expressing concern about a potential lack of commitment from the Americans to oust Gaddafi.

11.36 Apparently the BBCs Nick Robinson has a bit of a reputation among the US press corps. Ed Henry, CNNs senior White House correspondent, tweets:

Though the US president and David Cameron presented a united front and touted progress in the campaign, the Prime Minister was conspicuously more aggressive in his tone against the Libyan dictator.

15.46 Jon Swaine, our New York correspondent, picks up on something:

Will he too dare to call the bottom on austerity, violence and austerity? Fortunatewellington hBarack Obamas visit to the UK: as it happened day twoly, the OECD suggests Britain feels better about things than most countries, but thats not saying much.

12.34 Mr Obama and Mr Cameron have arrived:

17.10 Heres a slideshow of the US President Barack Obamas state visit to Britain: security and protests.

16.16 Rosa has also written this piece about the revelation earlier that Samantha Cameron was in New York on the day of the 9/11 terror attacks and could not be contacted by her mily for five hours:

The Obama girls received sweetie bracelets from Links of London. So everyone is happy except Sam Cam – who comes away from the visit empty-handed.

12.46 Oops. Not sure whether it was pilot error or a technical problem, but we lost the live stream for a minute or two at the top there. Should be working again now.

16.31 Rosa Prince has a bit more on Mr Obamas take on the constitution of the United Kingdom:

15.59 Talking about the spread of the free market, President Obama says that Adam Smiths central insight remains valid. Nice to see 18th-century Scottish social philosophers still have a place in modern politics. Next: the Humean approach to the Libya issue.

11.30 Heres Mr Obama at the No10 Cabinet table:

13.31 Rosas giving me a real insight into the life and times of the political press corps here:

He said it was time to turn up the heat on Col Gaddafi.

• Tells Parliament US and UKs patchwork heritage is strength

The Obamas gave the Camerons a set of hand-crafted cuff links made from a magnolia tree from the White House garden, mouted on silver.

Read my expanded thoughts here, but in summary, David Cameron needs something to show by the time he waves the President off. Hell also want to study Obamas message of optimism.

Its all very decent, the kids are bright and interested, and Mrs Obama is thoroughly engaging, but it takes me back to sitting through special assemblies when I was a kid, watching some local businessman talk about how if we all worked hard then we too could make it in the exciting world of white-goods sales.

• Obama and Cameron to use G8 summit to back Arab Spring

I have been asked to explain that Obameron is a sort of comedy shorthand for Obama and Cameron. Im irly sure you got that, but in case you were wondering.

14.44 Video fun from the press conference of Barack Obama talking about the, yes, special relationship:

Heres some footage of Mr Cameron in that press conference:

15.43 John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, leads Mr Obama into the Hall and addresses the crowd. He starts to speak – as you can see in the live stream above. He points out that the Hall dates from Viking times.

Somehow, at the 11th hour, the DPM managed to wangle an invitation – quid pro quo for stomaching Lord Ashcrofts appointment perhaps?

Tying Mr Obama into his mission to rid the Libyan people of their stubborn dictator, the PM said: It is impossible to consider a future for Libya with Gaddafi still in power. He must go.

12.30 The President and the Prime Minister hop into a car and leave No10 for Lancaster House.

@edhenrycnn watch for Nic (left), big political reporter who used to torment Bush w/sharp Qs

10.20 Mr Cameron greets Mr Obama outside Downing Street:

Mrs Cameron, then 30, was pregnant with their first child, Ivan, when she flew into New York the day before the terrorist attacks to open the Manhattan branch of Smythson, the upmarket stationery firm she still works as a consultant for.

13.08 Its very miliar, first-name-terms stuff from both leaders. Ed Henry of CNN mentions:

But perhaps no one drew greater inspiration from these notions of freedom than your rabble-rousing colonists on the other side of the Atlantic.

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12.49 Lots of bored hacks sitting in front of some flags. Hope Nick Robinsons applied the suncream:

@markknoller In UK, just about all burgers are cooked well done to avoid food borne illnesses.

Thats all been released by the Office of the Press Secretary, which always makes me think of CJ Cregg.

18.00 Im going to hand over to my colleague Pete Hutchison for the rest of the evening. Were expecting to see Mr and Mrs Obama and the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh leave the Palace later and go to the US Embassy near Regents Park for dinner; Pete will bring you all the latest.

Reminding guests at the banquet of his own British ancestry through his grandmother, he filled his address to the Queen with warm and highly personal praise of her and the nation as a whole, to which the monarch replied: That’s very kind.

Weve been given a scinating glimpse of President Obama, flanked by his team, cing Mr Cameron and half of the Cabinet around the mous Cabinet table at No 10.

Well: most of us dont. Former Prime Ministers, on the other hand:

13.37 Its the tricky question on Israel/Palestine for President Obama, after his call for a return to 1967 borders the other day. He describes the issues of Palestinian right of return (which Benjamin Netanyahu called a ntasy) and the division of Jerusalem as Extraordinarily emotional issues. He says peace in the region is going to require wrenching compromise by both sides.

The sun is blazing down in garden of Lancaster House – its a great venue for presser. Cameron is clearly a lucky general to get weather like this in May in London. It really could be the Rose Garden at the White House.

13.03 Rosa:

17.21 God love Simon Schama, who says on the BBC The special relationship is one huge great vapid platitude. He goes on to qualify that somewhat, but I dont want to ruin it.

Mr Cameron has used the press conference to set the framework for the G8 summit, which begins tomorrow in the French town of Deauville.

And it seems that this has created more of a shared outlook than differences in personal and political background might suggest. Hang on a sec though, we cant take everything Sir Ming says as gospel – hes just made the somewhat unlikely claim that there is a bit of a Lib Dem attitude in most Americans.

• Timetable and interactive map of Obamas visit

10.22 Rosa Prince on the confusion about Nick Cleggs meeting with Mr Obama:

16.43 If youve had enough of the live stream at the top of the page now that nothing is happening, by the way, you can just press refresh and youll get the pictures back.

13.00 The PM expresses Britains sympathy over the tornado in Missouri. He then goes on to talk about terrorism, saying that we can defeat al-Qaeda, and congratulates President Obama on the killing of Osama bin Laden. He also talks about 9/11, about how his wife Samantha was in New York on the day, and says he remembers the fear while he tried to contact her, and she remembers the courage that New Yorkers displayed amid the horror.

US President Barack Obamas visit to the UK reaches its second day, with a barbecue at No10 Downing Street and a joint press conference with David Cameron, before addressing the Houses of Parliament.

The press conference was bookended by references to the terrible storms in Missouri and elsewhere in the mid-Western United States, with condolences from David Cameron followed by appreciation from Obama of Britains support for the US during times of tragedy.

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The barbecue weather doesnt suit everyone. Andrew Porter reports that a member of the audience has collapsed in their seat, and had to be wheelchaired out of the Hall. I blame Obama for running late, imprisoning guests, who were ordered to be in place three hours before the President was scheduled to begin speaking, in the decidedly unairconditioned Westminster Hall.

Asked whether she had always known that Barack would become president, she said: Absolutely not, before adding, Im kidding.

Its jackets off as the leaders take to the barby amid bunting and uniforms in the glorious sunshine of the rose garden. Mr Cameron flipped at least two burgers, and President Obama grasped a set of tongs with purpose, but its ir to say that the Downing Street chefs wont be put out of work any time soon.

Odd, really: every other day of the year, those people are trusted to come and go without screening, given free access to members of the Cabinet including the PM.

I’m struggling to understand why David Cameron decided to serve an American-style barbecue to Barack Obama today. Obama can get as many burgers as he wants at home. Cameron should have served a spread of coronation chicken, poached salmon, jacket potatoes with cheese, spaghetti hoops and Beef Wellington. He wasn’t short of choice.

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17.02 Couple of tweets, just to demonstrate that were all you know like down with the kids and stuff. First, our own Toby Harnden, US editor, who writes:

15.55 President Obama says We are the allies who landed at Omaha and Gold; who sacrificed side by side to free a continent from the march of tyranny, and talks about the killing of Osama bin Laden. But as Will Heaven, one of our bloggers, points out:

Well, I think it looks good. I took this photo on my way in to work a few months ago:

It is a sign that we are independent from politicians and the party in power. President George Bush used be driven crazy by what he saw as the Lobbys lack of respect. I was once at a White House briefing when he ordered us to stand for Tony Blair. We didnt.

12.27 While were waiting for President Obama and Mr Cameron to finish their burgers and put their aprons in the laundry, heres the picture desks slideshow of US President Barack Obamas state visit to Britain: day two in pictures. Theyll update it throughout the day.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (left) talks to President Barack Obama at 10 Downing Street as David Cameron looks on. (Photo: PA)

15.48 This is pretty good: I am told that the last three speakers here were the Pope, Her Majesty the Queen, and Nelson Mandela. That is either an extremely high bar, or the start of a very funny joke.

15.17 President Obama is en route to the Palace of Westminster for his speech to the members of both Houses of Parliament. Rosa Prince writes:

12.55 CBSs Mark Knoller again on the history of Lancaster House, to pass the time:

For all the ceremony and excitement, a friendly meeting between Mr Obama and Mr Cameron isn’t too important in the grand scheme of things. Whatever else is true about the relationship between the UK and the US, it’s not going to be much changed by two men flipping burgers together.

11.33 It turns out that even world leaders cant help but resort to masculine clichés at barbecues:

• Michelle Obama addresses schoolchildren at Oxford University

16.27 That was very well-received from Mr Obama. Well-received by everybody apart from Ken Clarke, that is.

The other political bigwigs have now left No 10 for the presser, where Andrew Porter is standing by for us.

The youngsters are attending an university access day, and the First Lady is expected to urge them, and other young people from less than privileged backgrounds, to stay on at school and aim for the top in higher education.

16.45 Hes leapt into his Beast again and is back off to Buckingham Palace.

@markknoller Westminster boasts the largest medieval timber roof in Northern Europe. And today, its got a military band as well. It was in Westminster Hall that King Charles I was tried and sentenced to death in 1649. I covered that – but it was pre-Twitter.

09.44 Mr Obama has spent the night in Buckingham Palace and is now en route to Downing Street, with his 19-car motorcade, for talks with David Cameron.

13.33 Mr Cameron says he understands the concerns over Gary McKinnon, and says that all proper steps must be taken to safeguard his health and wellbeing.

Theres been a bit of a barney about which broadcasters have got the two – and only two – questions from the British media. Lots were drawn and I think the BBC and Sky got lucky. Poor old ITV.

12.44 While Andrew Porter says: The band here at Lancs House is playing Men of Harlech. Always reminds me of Zulu.

It also underlines how good the personal rapport between the two leaders must be – a right-wing Conservative from a privileged background would not once have been expected to get on so well with a black Democrat who found his way into national politics via Chicago community action groups.

Built with 400 tons of English oak, I think someone said. Heres a picture:

But these men both ooze with modernity and confidence, at ease in their own skins and supported by attractive, dynamic wives and energising young children.

14.46 After Clarissas speech and an earlier talk by a teacher that followed Mrs Obamas address, a current EGA pupil says a few words and now there are some Q&As for Michelle.

14.01 Video from earlier of the burger-flipping leader of the free world:

15.33 To back up Rosas point about Westminster Hall being rather impressive, CBSs Mark Knoller has more, plus a little gag, all free of charge:

19.02 One of our regular bloggers, Nile Gardiner, has written about how President Obama must now deliver on the US-UK special relationship. The Washington-based foreign afirs analyst and political commentator writes:

13.25 An astonishingly long-winded reply from Mr Obama to a US reporter asking whether the US would be willing to commit more resources to Libya. The gist of it was that he has always said that he would not put US troops on the ground in the country, but that the goal is to protect the people there. Cameron essentially backs him up, and says that people dont realise how much the US is already doing in terms of air sorties.

Small talk from the photocalls: Obama to Clegg: Wonderful to see you. Clegg to Obama: Youve brought the sun today. Obama to the snappers taking yet another photograph: One of those mustve worked – Ive used that line before.

13.28 ITVs Tom Bradbury, who it seemed had been less than pleased when it looked like he wouldnt get to ask a question, asks about the possible extradition of Gary McKinnon. Mr Obama says that its in the hands of the British legal system.

10.24 While the two leaders are closeted in No10 Ill try to catch up with some of the best material from overnight. First up, Benedict Brogan, our deputy editor, has written this analysis of why Barack Obama is essential to David Cameron:

@tobyharnden CNN anchors are baffled that Obama wasnt applauded more than once in Westminster Hall.

11.11 Here are the two leaders, and Nick Clegg, meeting in Downing Street:

Nancy and Elwyn Cameron received a pair of scooters (non-motorised we assume) while baby Florence got a cuddly toy. In return, the Prime Minister and his wife gave the President a bespoke rug from the Rug Company similar to one they took into Downing Street when Mr Cameron became premier a year ago.

Heres the menu for the barby – quite a contrast from the state banquet last night: British sausages and beefburgers, rosemary Kent lamb chops. Caesar salad and corn on the cob. Summer berries.

Both pledged to keep up the pressure on Libya and other brutal authoritarian regimes today – but stressed they had learned the lessons from military adventures under Tony Blair and George W Bush.

12.17 Well well – Mr Cameron and President Obama have indeed done their work on the barbecue:

21.02 And while the guests enjoy their dinner and entertainment we will say goodnight. Thanks for following the live events of day two of Barack Obamas visit to Britain.

Over time the people of this nation waged a long and sometimes bloody struggle to expand and secure their freedom from the Crown, propelled by the ideals of the Enlightenment, they would ultimately forge an English Bill of Rights and invest the power to govern in an elected parliament thats gathered here today.

The President said: Centuries ago, when kings, emperors and warlords reigned over much of the world, it was the English who first spelled out the rights and liberties of man in the Magna Carta.

15.47 Mr Obama gets up on his hind legs to speak.

Underlining his appreciation of the impact the atrocity had on America, David Cameron spoke for the first time at his joint press conference with President Barack Obama about his own anxious wait for news of his missing wife.

18.57 Jenny McCartney has just blogged for the Telegraph. In an piece entitled David Cameron should play it a little cool with heartthrob Barack Obama she writes:

Unlike most countries in the world, we do not define citizenship based on race or ethnicity. Being American or British is not about belonging to a certain group; it’s about believing in a certain set of ideals — the rights of individuals, the rule of law. That is why we hold incredible diversity within our borders. That’s why there are people around the world right now who believe that if they come to America, if they come to New York, if they come to London, if they work hard, they can pledge allegiance to our flag and call themselves Americans; if they come to England, they can make a new life for themselves and can sing God Save The Queen just like any other citizen.

A gracious President Obama said that the opening bars of God Save The Queen gave the conclusion to his address a r more rousing tone than he could have hoped for.

17.19 Heres some video of

Amusingly enough, our colleagues in the Downing Street press pool gave Mrs Clinton a bit of a boo there when she didnt turn and wave on the steps. No doubt thatll do wonders for the reputation of British journalism worldwide, so thanks for that, guys.

10.46 US correspondent Alex Spillius, who is with the Presidential press corps, gets in touch via Twitter – O:

David Cameron has just said that his wife, Samantha, was in Manhattan on 9/11, and that he couldnt get hold of her for five hours after the devastation of the Twin Towers. A moving story, and one, Im irly sure, that the Prime Minister has never mentioned before.

Mr Obama says that they have saved lives in Libya, and that they have done so with a UN mandate and with local support from Arab countries.

Embarrassingly I didnt catch it – I think it was Julie, but the US media has always hated me anyway.

@markknoller White House aides expect a wide ranging address from Pres Obama – discussing the issues in which the US & UK have a mutual stake. Its considered a rare honor for a US pres to be invited to address Parliament. Before today, only Reagan & Clinton have done it.

The pomp and circumstance is not over yet. From the Palace, the Obamas will go later this evening to the American ambassadors residence, where they will host a reception, a glittering one almost certainly.

10.55 Rosa Prince has this on Mr Obamas meeting with Britains political leadership:

At 2.15pm – presumably after taking a helicopter or shell be cutting it a bit fine – Michelle is due in Oxford University to host an open day for the pupils of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School, the Islington school she visited in 2009.

16.13 Ken Clarkes Snoozegate aside, I should probably catch up with some of the things that Mr Obama has said that have so engaged the Justice Secretary. He is now saying that There is an argument that national sovereignty is more important than the slaughter of citizens within that nations borders. That argument carries weight with some. But we have a broader responsibility. As Rosa Prince says:

Obama described his visit to Ireland on Monday as inspiring in terms of seeing how succesful conflict resolution can be even between the worst of enemies.

• Obama praises UK for leading world in developing democracy

13.40 He calls upon both sides to talk, but says that it is difficult for Israel to have serious conversations with people who do not accept the states right to exist, and who will not stop firing rockets into civilian areas. He says I dont want Palestinians to forget they have obligations as well, and that they need to make reassurances that they will stick to the terms of any peace deal that is struck.

David Cameron has learnt something from Nick Clegg after all – by name-checking the American reporter in his answer to her question, he will go a long way in winning over the US media.

16.54 Michelle Obama is still in Oxford, where she has been talking to children from a London school in the rarefied surroundings of Christ Church. Rosa says:

09.51 So todays itinerary, then. The two men are in 10 Downing Street now for talks. At 12:30pm they will announce that those talks have been amicable and r-ranging and so on in a joint press conference at Lancaster House, before Samantha Cameron and Michelle Obama jointly host a barbecue for wounded British and American servicemen and their milies.

David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Hillary Clinton and George Osborne will all be present at talks, so it should be a wide-ranging agenda, but Libya and Afghanistan will undoubtedly feature prominently.

Obama is the main event – yesterday was ceremony, today is politics. Talks are starting around now, with a press conference expected in the early afternoon, after a barbecue with American and British servicemen.

The President has arrived at Westminster, but promptly disappeared again for a private tour of the House of Commons. Speaker John Bercow is playing tour guide. Hell be loving this.

09.42 Morning all, and welcome to the second day of live coverage of President Barack Obamas state visit to Britain.

16.08 And thanks to @tomdaylight on Twitter, we now have a picture:

Apparently Mr Clegg has offered a sort of jokey apology on behalf of the UK for the interruption of Mr Obamas toast with the national anthem last night, as Rosa says:


13.46 Mr Obama says, picking up on Camerons point, that it was inspiring to see in Ireland after hundreds of years of conflict how Her Majestys visit was received, that it had a profound effect on the country and that it was a profound source of hope that if you stick to it, even the worst of conflicts can be resolved – but it takes time and hard work.

14.29 Michelle Obama is now in Oxford, giving a speech at Christ Church:

But he took care not to anger Democrats who are reluctant to imperil growth by cutting too harshly: Each country is different and each country is going to have to make decisions about how … to dig ourselves out of the worst recession since the 1930s. Thatll reassure Ed Miliband too.

@jonswaine John Bercows head in danger of exploding with smugness on that wander down the stairs just then.

Michelle has arrived at Downing Street via the back door of No 10. And, breaking news, the press team are briefing that Mr Cameron and President Obama will take charge of the hamburgers and sausages at the brunch-a-cue, leaving the salads to their wives.

• Cameron reveals Samantha was in New York on 9/11

@markknoller Lancaster House has been a british government guest house since about 1913. It was at Lancaster House that the agreement providing for independence of Zimbabwe (back then Rhodesia) was negotiated in 1979.

What better way to illustrate how well he understands the enormity of the attacks on the American psyche.

17.34 A good spot by our picture desk, writes Rosa Prince. In this snap of the press conference at Lancaster House you can just about see over the wall into neighbouring Clarence House. And theres the Duchess of Cornwall, enjoying a glass of something cold as she has a natter with her mates and watches the two world leaders expounding on global events:

Remarkable security in place at the Palace of Westminster. Everyone entering Parliament is being searched, even though they have security passes that normally give them the run of the place. That includes MPs and peers.

13.13 I have confidence that our special relationship will continue to grow in the months and years ahead, Mr Obama concludes.

12.07 The advance groups for the two leaders have left No10 and headed to Lancaster House. Laura Kuenssberg on the BBC outside Downing Street keeps looking over her shoulder to see whether Obama and Cameron have joined them, but no sign yet.

14.02 Looks like Michelle Obama and Samantha Cameron will be arriving in Oxford soon.

13.51 The press conference has come to an end now. Top lines: they reaffirm in typically emetic terms the special and essential relationship between the countries; they say that they are going to use the G8 summit in France to garner support for the democratic revolutions of the Arab Spring; they agree that the military coalition must turn up the heat on Col Gaddafi in Libya; and Mr Cameron revealed for what we think is the first time that his wife Samantha was in Manhattan on September 11, 2001, and was out of contact for five hours.

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17.41 One of our comment editors, Robert Colvile, writes of the moment yesterday When Barack and Dave let the mask slip:

Breaking news – Andrew Porter has the low-down on the exchange of gifts between the First Couples.

Sorry to contradict you, Tom, but while the White House Press Corp always rise for the President, it is a convention that the British Lobby do not rise for the Prime Minister or any other world leader.

19.15 Here is a specially made wall hanging, which features a Union Flag background and the American Eagle, Stars and Stripes, as well as flowers, butterflies and is marked with the date of the state visit. The Camerons gave it as a gift to the Obamas

12.42 This is a nice pic of Mrs Obameron doing their saladly duties at the barbecue earlier:

An eclectic mix in the audience to hear Barack Obama address Westminister Hall. Gordon Brown and Tony Blair are seated beside Sir John Major and Nick Clegg. Tom Hanks, the actor, is there for some reason, as are the full Cabinet and shadow cabinet. For once, MPs have not all scrambled to flee Westminster at the start of the Whitsun recess, which began yesterday afternoon, and are sticking around to soak up some Obama glamour.

15.19 Mr Obamas motorcade has arrived, and the President has been met at the front door of the Palace by the two Speakers of the Houses, John Bercow and the Baroness Hayman, and by Black Rod, the man with the silliest title in world politics.

@jonsnowC4 C4News poll 8 yrs ago found 22% of Brits had confidence in George Bush. Today we find 72% have confidence in Barack Obama: surprise, surprise.

15.27 The President is still being shown around, but his audience is awaiting him – and there are a few well-known ces in there. From left to right, former PM Gordon Brown, former PM Tony Blair, former PM John Major, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and Prime Minister David Cameron:

Some time around 4.30pm Mr Obama will address both houses of Parliament, and later there will be a dinner at the US Embassy in Winfield House, near Regents Park.

16.18 President Obama seemed to get momentarily confused for a moment there when he let his high-flown rhetoric about If people work hard they can come to America, pledge allegiance to the flag run away from him, before he realised where he was and added, slightly lamely, Or they can come to England and make a new life for themselves and sing God Save the Queen. On public-speaking autopilot for a moment there, Barack?

16.24 He gets another standing ovation from the gathered members when he closes his speech by quoting Winston Churchill. Now Baroness Hayward is talking about how inspiring and poetic and wonderful President Obamas speech is and what an awful lot it means to everyone. Its a little gushing and awkward, truth be told.

15.50 He notes that the relationship between Britain and America (yes, the special relationship: are they paid per use or something?) got off to a rocky start with a little scuffle about tea and taxes, but its been smooth sailing ever since.

David Laws saunters to front of Hall. A few MPs are not happy. Isnt he suspended following his expenses troubles? Apparently the ban doesnt start til June 7.

12.57 Mr Cameron is speaking now, with Mr Obama standing beside him. He says that the barbecue was the first time in history that a British Prime Minister has given a US President a good grilling – boom boom, etc – and praises Mr Obama for his real courage and thoughtful consideration.

At the end of a highly successfulwellington house eastern health first day of his State visit, Mr Obama spoke of the rock solid foundation of a friendship that never rests, stressing that Britain had been America’s closest partner since the horrors of 9/11.

17.23 The White House has released the full text of President Obamas speech. Heres a snippet, or you can go and read the whole thing on their site:

David Cameron has made an interesting comparison between the Israel / Palestine conflict and Northern Ireland. In the latter, he said, both sides needed to gain some undertanding of the position of the other before peace could be contemplated. He implied, but didnt say, that that mental shift has yet to take place in the former.

12.36 Weve got a live stream of the press conference: click play on the video at the top of the page.

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The Camerons also take a great interest in the Armed Forces – hence the enshrining into law of the Military Covenant and the creation this week of a joint US/UK taskforce to learn from each others experience of helping serving and former personnel. The cook-out in the Rose Garden is taking place somewhat earlier that usual – but maybe the barby brunch will take off. Theyve certainly got a glorious day for it.

13.21 Rosa Prince returns to put me firmly in my place on the subject of standing for the President – interesting illustration of US vs UK press attitudes:

16.03 Heres Mr Obama getting that tour of the Palace of Westminster earlier on. Meanwhile, Ed Adams on our video desk and Andrew Hough, one of our reporters, both get in touch within seconds of each other to say that it looks like the Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke, has llen asleep in the front row. Well, the poor guys had a long week.

13.04 Mr Cameron also talks about the Arab Spring, the great pro-democracy movements in north Africa and the Middle East, and says that the West must continue to support them, so that it becomes not just a moment in history but a turning point in history. He talks about therefore the need to make sure Muammar Gaddafi is expelled from power, because, he says, if the revolutions in the Arab world il, then young men will still ll for the poisonous temptations of al-Qaeda and its like.

Libya and Afghanistan will of course be among the questions the leaders will ce. And it would make Downing Streets dreams come true were President Obama to offer even a morsel of support for the Governments deficit reduction programme.

As it drew to an end, President Obama thanked Mr Cameron for his expression of sympathy over the victims of the Missouri tornado.

After yesterdays pomp comes the politics. Obameron discuss Libya, talking to Taliban, the Middle East and the global economy.

13.06 Mr Obamas up. I want to thank you for providing some typical London weather, he jokes. He also thanks the Queen, and Britain, for the warm welcome.

It was here in this very hall where the rule of law first developed, courts were established, disputes were settled and citizens came to petition their leaders.

13.34 Rosa Prince on President Obama throwing Mr Cameron a bone on fiscal policy:

20.15 The Queen has arrived for the banquet too. Secrecy is surrounding who else is on the guest list tonight though as few details have come out so r.

14.59 Andrew Porter gets in touch:

A misfired toast to the Queen has not got in the way of irly rapturous reactions to the power of the Obama effect. Today we get down to the nitty gritty of the special essential relationship. By the time Barack Obama and his small army head off for France, we hope to have an idea of what David Cameron got out of this state visit. There’s been plenty of talk of the president’s desire to secure a plane-ful of video footage that can be used in misty eyed re-election videos. But the Prime Minister needed a supply of magic dust too, and with Mr Obama now vourite to win a second term next year, Dave will shortly find himself 2-0 down to his NBF in the election win race. So the images of him high-fiving Mr Obama in their game of wiff-waff will come in useful, as will the footage of him being the statesman. It will all be part of the re-election narrative. And no Nick Clegg in sight.

By contrast, President Obama is not entirely comfortable with the PMs determination to bring British troops home from Afghanistan by 2015.

He adds, on the subject of Mr Obamas address at the palace last night: By quoting Churchill in his Buckingham Palace toast Obama was trying to lay the ghost of Winstons bust to rest, as it were. Which gives me the opportunity to show you this video from last night, of Mr Obama slightly putting his foot in it during that toast and speaking over God Save the Queen:

10.29 Rosa Prince notes that that Mr Cameron and President Obama are holding their talks in the White Drawing Room, where, among other past uses, Edward Heath used to keep his Grand Piano. See here for the tour. And she passes on this information from James Kirkup, another of our political correspondents, in the Telegraphs office in the House of Commons:

20.59 Tonights guests at the state banquet will also enjoy some entertainment. American Tony Award winning singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth will perform after the dinner. Chenoweth is renowned for her roles in musical theatre, film and television and is best known on Broadway for her performance as Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, for which she won a Tony Award, and for originating the role of Glinda in the musical Wicked.

Today President Obama has reaffirmed Washington’s traditional commitment to the Special Relationship. But he must deliver more than platitudes when it comes to America’s most enduring and successful partnership. The Anglo-American alliance is the engine of the free world, and the driving force of the global war against Islamist terrorism. It must always be at the very heart of US foreign policy, and central to Washington’s strategic thinking.

On the BBC, Sir Menzies Campbell has said that the Obamas seem much more at home with the Camerons than they did during their last visit to London in 2009, when Gordon Brown was still at No 10.

13.11 Not all the reporters rose to their feet. when the President arrived, as protocol requires they should:

12.39 Ha! CBSs Mark Knoller on food hygiene in Britain:

14.41 Clarissa, an alumnus of the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson school and a current Oxford University student, has got up to speak in front of the current EGA pupils and Mrs Obama:

13.07 It is indeed a special relationship, he says.

It might seem an obvious thing to say from the warm body language, but pretty emphatic given the source – Sir Ming is personally close to Brown, they used to (and may still do) commute to and from Westminster and their Scottish constituencies together – and is one of the Lib Dems who is personally most suspicious of the Coalition with the Tories.

Ding ding – just warm enough words on the Governments deficit reduction programme from President Obama for No 10 to be happy: The pace may be different but one thing Im absolutely clear about is that David and I want to arrive at the same place.

Vicky Pryce aint gonna like it… Chris Huhne has turned up to the presidential address with Carina Trimingham, the biual press secretary he left his wife for.

12.20 As the BBC points out, its a stroke of good luck for everyone concerned that this is more like an American or even an Australian barbecue, rather than the freezing, raining, wasp-ridden windswept nightmare that usually passes for a barbecue in Britain. Actual sunshine at a barbecue. Whod have thought it.

14.51 In response to a childs question, Michelle says that as proud as she is of her education and what she has done, what is most important in her world is raising her two daughters to be strong women.

17.40 Later, President Obama is scheduled to have a meet and greet session with US embassy staff at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

@markknoller Londons a beautiful city, but I dont get the London Eye ferris wheel in the middle of town. Its 443 ft tall.

16.07 Yeah. Will Heaven and the BBCs Laura Kuenssberg have both just tweeted to confirm that Ken Clarke is asleep. Mr Obama does have a very soothing voice – if he doesnt get a second term, hes got an obvious career option of doing audiobooks for children.

17.45 And, somewhat surreally, Lucy Jones blogs on why David Cameron is losing to Barack Obama in the st-food power wars:

And its jackets back on for the short journey in the Beast over to Lancaster House.

13.14 The BBCs Nick Robinson gets the first question, and its about the relationship between US Presidents and UK Prime ministers. Mr Cameron says that every relationship is different, that it takes time, but that it is – yes – special. He is also asked about Libya, and Mr Cameron says The President and I agree that we should be turning up the heat on Gaddafi.

@WillHeaven Barack Obama is learning st that the English dont do applause or standing ovations. You killed Osama bin Laden? Meh.

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