While meeting with Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla today at the White House, President Barack Obama noted the prevailing enthusiam for all things royal on this side of the pond, joking that Americans easily prefer the royal family to their own elected leaders.
Or, he probably wasn’t joking that much.
“I think it’s fair to say that the American people are quite fond of the royal family,” Obama said, per reports of their Oval Office chat. “They like them much better than they like their own politicians.”
Well, Charles wasn’t quite sure what to say to that witicism, assuring Obama, “I don’t believe that,” before changing the subject.
Vice-President Joe Biden was also present for the fireside chat (or fireplace chat, since there was no fire burning behind them), and all present sat decorously apart—Obama and Charles were on chairs while Biden and Camilla sat on separate sofas on either side of them.
Obama and Charles, who as the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II is first in line to the British throne, hadn’t seen each other in person for almost four years, their last time meeting being when the monarch visited America shortly after son Prince William married Kate Middleton.
Nearly two grandbabies later… here they are again!
Charles and Camilla toured Mt. Vernon, George Washington‘s former home, yesterday. Before heading to their date with Obama on Thursday they visited President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home, where the 16th president lived part time during the Civil War while commuting to to the White House, and then met with veterans at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C.