Our Girls Meet the President of the United States!!!
What an honor it was to meet the 44th President of the United States of America, the first African American to hold the office!
On Friday 22 April, I was one of a number of children who got to ‘high five’ President Barack Obama at a ‘Meet & Greet’ at a five star hotel in Mayfair, London. There was a hub of excitement in the crowded room and a hush of silence as the overpowering presence strode into the ballroom, flanked by his secret service bodyguards. He gave a speech that was both serious and funny at the same time, capturing his audience as he spoke.
He was visiting the United Kingdom to wish Queen Elizabeth II a happy 90th birthday.
The White House said that President Obama presented the Queen with an album of photos depicting her past meetings with past American presidents, dating back to Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953 – 61).
It was certainly a very special day to remember.
Written by Laaibah Ali, Year 5
POTUS written by Arya Panchmatia in Year 5
Do you know what this acronym means? It means the ‘President of the United States’.
On Friday, 22 April 2016 at 10.47GMT, The Beast halted outside the grand Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair, London. The Beast is a gargantuan black, solid, metal vehicle, as safe as a house and is the President’s official ride. It was flanked by a cavalcade of sleek, shiny, black limousines from which stepped out, in military precision, formidable, stone faced men in black suits. Their eyes were obscured behind jet black shades. This squad are the President’s bodyguards, snipers, and men and women who are responsible for his safety. Then the most powerful man in the world stepped out of The Beast and entered the crystal ballroom of the luxury hotel.
A wave of cheer and applause resounded in the room where I stood with hundreds of others to meet the 44th President of the United States.
President Barack Hussein Obama is a man you just cannot help but like, not only because of who he is but also because of what he is – and that is a kind human being. He stood behind the podium and didn’t deliver a speech but spoke as if each and every person in the crowd was his best friend.
‘I am so happy to be here among you amazing children, women and men who represent the United States in this great country with which America shares a Special Relationship.’
He expressed his gratitude to all the people in the crowd then met and greeted and posed for official photographs and selfies with as many of us as he could, before he was whisked away by his protocol officers to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen.
This was the last visit to the UK of Barack Obama as POTUS and one of the most momentous occasions in my life, the others being when I met him on his very first visit as President and when I met FLOTUS...
Arya Panchmatia, Year 5