In a historic speech in Britain President Barack Obama said Wednesday that US and UK leadership in the world is essential for the promotion of freedom and human dignity.
“Our relationship is special because of the values and beliefs that have united our people through the ages,” Obama said in the first-ever address by a US president to both houses of Parliament.
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“The time for our leadership is now,” President Obama said.
“We are the nations most willing to stand up for the values of tolerance and self-determination that lead to peace and dignity.”
He also hailed the economic leadership of both countries and their support for free enterprise, noting that emerging economies such as China and India are moving toward market-based principles.
“We live in a global economy that is largely of our own making,” he said.
“We do not define citizenship based on race or ethnicity. 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.”