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Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States

and Mrs. Michelle Obama.


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♪♪ (Herald Trumpets) ♪♪

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Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, The National Anthem of the United

Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland followed by

The National Anthem of the United States.

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♪♪ (God Save the Queen) ♪♪

♪♪ (The Star-Spangled Banner) ♪♪

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The President: Good morning, everyone.

Audience: Good morning!

The President: The storied relationship between the United States

and the United Kingdom is steeped in tradition.

And last night, as President, I shared with the Prime Minister a

uniquely American tradition of bracketology.


March Madness.

He's learned to appreciate one of our great national pastimes.

His team has told me he has decided to install a hoop

at 10 Downing Street.


Today, we carry on another tradition -- an official visit

for one of our closest friends and our dearest allies.

Prime Minister Cameron, Mrs. Cameron,

members of the British delegation -- on behalf

of the American people, it is my great honor to welcome you

to the United States.


David, Samantha -- on behalf of Michelle and myself,

we welcome you to the White House.

And, Samantha, just let me say that we are delighted that

you've made America your first official foreign trip.


It's now been 200 years since the British came here,

to the White House -- under somewhat

different circumstances.


They made quite an impression.


They really lit up the place.


But we moved on.


And today, like so many Presidents and Prime Ministers

before us, we meet to reaffirm one of the greatest alliances

the world has ever known.

This visit is also an opportunity to reciprocate

the extraordinary and gracious hospitality shown to us by Her

Majesty Queen Elizabeth, by David and Samantha,

and by the British people during our visit to London last year.

And we are proud that this visit comes as Her Majesty begins her

Diamond Jubilee, celebrating 60 extraordinary years on the

British throne.


It is remarkable to consider: Down the decades we've seen

nations rise and fall; wars fought and peace defended;

a city divided, a wall come down;

countries imprisoned behind an Iron Curtain, then liberated.

We've seen the demise of a Cold War and the rise of new threats;

the transition from an Industrial Revolution to an

Information Age where new technologies empower our

citizens and our adversaries like never before.

Our world has been transformed over and over,

and it will be again.

Yet, through the grand sweep of history,

through all its twists and turns,

there is one constant -- the rock-solid alliance between

the United States and the United Kingdom.


And the reason is simple.

We stand together and we work together and we bleed together

and we build together, in good times and --

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-- is a safer and better and more just place.

Our alliance is essential -- it is indispensable -- to the

security and prosperity that we seek not only for our own

citizens, but for people around the world.

And that is why, as President, I've made strengthening this

alliance and our alliances around the world one of my

highest foreign policy priorities.

And because we have, I can stand here today and say with pride

and with confidence -- and I believe with David's agreement

-- that the relationship between the United States and the United

Kingdom is the strongest that it has ever been.


And so in the sunlight of this beautiful morning,

with children from both nations in attendance --


-- we reaffirm the enduring values in which our alliance

is forever rooted.

We believe that every person, if they're willing to work hard,

if they play by the rules, deserve a fair shot,

deserve a chance to succeed.

So in these tough economic times,

we stand united in our determination to create

the jobs that put our people back to work,

in expanding trade that is both free and fair,

and in fighting for a global economy where every nation

plays by the same rules.

We believe that our citizens should be able to live free

from fear.

So, like generations before us, we stand united in the defense

of our countries and against those who would terrorize our

people, or endanger the globe with the world's

most dangerous weapons.

We believe in the universal rights of all people,

so we stand united in our support for those who seek

to choose their leaders and forge their future,

including the brave citizens of the Middle East and North

Africa, who deserve the same God-given rights and freedoms

as people everywhere.

And we believe in the inherent dignity of every human being.

So we will stand united in advancing the developments that

lift people and nations out of poverty -- the new crops that

feed a village, the care that saves a mother in childbirth,

the vaccine that allows a child to live a long and healthy life.

This is what we believe.

This is who we are.

This is what we do together, what we achieve together every

single day.

And this is the alliance that we renew today -- guided by the

interests we share, grounded in the values that we cherish

not just for our time but for all time.

And finally, I would just note that while this is not the first

official visit of my presidency, it is one of the few where I

have not had to pause for translation.


We Americans and Brits speak the same language -- most

of the time.


So let me just say, David, we are chuffed to bits that

you are here --


-- and I'm looking forward to a great natter.

I'm confident that together we're going to keep the

relationship between our two great nations

absolutely top-notch.


David, Samantha -- the warmest of welcomes from Michelle and

myself, but more importantly, from the American people.

We are honored to have you here.


Prime Minister Cameron: President Obama, First Lady, Mr. Vice President,

members of both Cabinets, guests of honor, ladies and gentlemen:

Thank you for such an incredibly warm welcome.

And I have to say, Barack, with that spectacular command of our

shared language --


-- with all these Union flags and with so many friends at

home, you are really making me feel very

at home here in Washington.

So I am a little embarrassed, as I stand here,

to think that 200 years ago --


-- my ancestors tried to burn this place down.


Now, looking around me, I can see you've got the place a

little better defended today.


You're clearly not taking any risks with the Brits this time.


And thank you also for the lessons last night.

I will leave America with some new words -- alley-oops --


-- brackets, fast breaks, and who knows -- maybe that hoop

will be installed in Downing Street after all.

It was a great evening.

Thank you very much indeed.

Now, of course, since that unfortunate episode 200 years

ago, generations of British and American servicemen and

women have fought together.

Our grandparents fought in the same campaign.

My grandfather, wounded a few days after D-Day,

the greatest-ever British and American operation in history.

And yours, Barack, serving under General Patton as the allies

swept through France.

Whether it is defeating the Nazis,

standing up to the Soviets, defending the Korean Peninsula,

or hunting down al Qaeda in Afghanistan,

there can be no more tangible illustration of our two nations

defending our values and advancing our interests

than the mutual sacrifice made by our servicemen and women.

And let us once again pay tribute to their valor,

their courage, their professionalism and their

dedication here in Washington today.


From the Balkans to Baghdad, across the world and across

the decades, we have been proud to serve with you.

When the chips are down, Britain and America know that we can

always count on each other because we are allies not just

prepared to say the right thing, but to do the right thing,

and to do it in the right way -- promoting our values,

standing up for our ideals.

The partnership between our countries, between our peoples,

is the most powerful partnership for progress that the world has

ever seen.

That is why whenever an American President and a British Prime

Minister get together, there is a serious and important agenda

to work through.

And today is no different.

Afghanistan, Iran, the Arab Spring, the need for trade,

for growth, for jobs in the world economy,

the biggest issues in the world -- that is our agenda today.

But what makes our relationship so vigorous and so lasting is

that it draws its strength from roots far deeper and broader

than government or the military.

It is a meeting of kindred spirits.

When the world's brightest minds want to generate the innovations

that will make tomorrow more free and more fair,

they look to our great universities like Harvard and

Stanford, Cambridge and Oxford.

When the most audacious and entrepreneurial philanthropists,

like the Gates Foundation, want not just to give out to charity

but to eliminate polio and other avoidable diseases so that no

child in our world should die unnecessarily,

they find partners across the Atlantic in the British aid

agencies, like Save the Children, Oxfam,

and Christian Aid.

And when a great innovator like Sir Tim Berners-Lee wanted a

partner to make the World Wide Web a reality,

he turned to America.


Because he knew that it was in America that he would find that

same spirit of creativity, innovation,

and risk-taking that defines our unique approach to enterprise

and to business.

He's not alone.

In 2010, transatlantic partnerships produced eight

of the nine Nobel prizes in science.

Foreign direct investment between Britain and America

is the largest in the world and now stands at $900 billion.

This creates and sustains around a million jobs each

side of the Atlantic.

And it provides a strong foundation for bilateral

trade worth nearly $200 billion a year.

In fact, American investment in the UK is eight times larger

than China; and UK investment in America is nearly 140 times

that of China.

So, yes, the world is changing at a faster rate than ever

before, and the ways we will influence events are

changing with it.

But one thing remains unchanged -- the ceaseless back-and-forth

between our two nations through ideas, friendship, business,

and shared endeavor.

And that's why I believe that we can be sure that in 50 years'

time, an American President and a British Prime Minister will

stand on this very spot, just as we do now; they will stand here,

as we do, for freedom and for enterprise: our two countries --

the united states of liberty and enterprise.

That is why I'm so pleased to be here today,

to celebrate an essential relationship that, as you say,

has never been stronger, and to work with you to make sure

we deliver that, and to make our countries closer

and closer still.

Thank you.


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