President and First Lady Obama Meet with Queen Elizabeth II

President Obama Looks Forward to Meeting Queen Elizabeth II

As he was getting ready for his meeting with Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday, President Barack Obama hailed what he calls an “extraordinary affinity and kinship” between the people of the United States and Britain. When he was asked at a news conference in London about what it is that he loves about Great Britain, Obama singled out the British people. He added that an American visiting England feels a “sense of familiarity as well as difference” that makes it a “special place.”

But he also mentioned the queen, and said he’s “very much looking forward to meeting her.” He said that his wife, Michelle, had been giving that meeting a lot of thought. Obama said he values “what the queen stands for, including decency and civility.

President Obama Looks Forward to Meeting Queen Elizabeth II

President and First Lady Obama Meet with Queen Elizabeth II

President and First Lady Obama arrived at Buckingham Palace Wednesday evening for a private meeting with Queen Elizabeth II. Thousands of well-wishers crowded the traffic circle in front of the Buckingham Palace gates on Wednesday, cheering and waving as the limousine carrying Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama drove past. The Obamas arrived at Buckingham Palace at around 5:30 p.m. (London time). President Obama gave Queen Elizabeth an iPod during their private meeting, which contained video footage of her state visit to the United States in May 2007. The Queen gave the president a silver framed photograph of herself and her husband. President Obama is scheduled to attend a dinner with G-20 leaders later tonight.

President and First Lady Obama Meet with Queen Elizabeth II

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Notte Sento: Quiet Feelings of Love in the Night

Notte Sento: Quiet Feelings of Love in the Night

Notte Sento is a romantic stop-motion short film by the Italian director, Daniele Napolitano. This remarkable, tender short film was created from more than 4,500 still photographs. A young woman, who happens to be deaf, finds herself stranded after missing her train to Milan. She’s faced with a long overnight wait, all alone in Rome until dawn. However, a chance encounter with a young man changes her plans, and the sparkling night lights of Rome’s evening darkness are transformed into the background for a tender love story. An extraordinary chemistry comprised of mutually eloquent glances and modest gestures finally closes the emotional barriers that initially had separated them, just as the dark night turns into a beautiful sunrise.

Notte Sento: Quiet Feelings of Love in the Night

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