President Barack Obama has completed his state visit to Britain with a key note address to both houses of parliament. In it he reassured the UK that the so-called “special relationship” was alive and well and still held significance on the world stage.
“The time for our leadership is now,” said the president. “It was the United States and the United Kingdom and our democratic allies that shaped a world in which new nations could emerge and individuals could thrive.”
Some interpreted the president’s words as meaning that along with wealth comes responsibility.
Sir Menzies Campbell, the former Lib/Dems leader said: “The clear implication is that leadership in the world can’t be left to the United States and countries like Great Britain have to step up to the plate… and continents like Europe have to step up to the plate as well.”
Friendship renewed, Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron will now head for France and the G8 summit. There the US president will have another opportunity to give his views on the changing world.