The Obamas shine during visit from UK prime minister and wife

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President Obama and the first lady are playing host and hostess this week to United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha. The second day of the Brits’ two-day stay in America was marked today with a welcoming ceremony for the visiting leaders in the White House Rose Garden.

Yesterday, first lady Michelle Obama joined Samantha at an event featuring D.C.-area school children participating in mock Olympic games staged at American University. Last night, the president and prime minister attended an NCAA basketball game in Ohio and mingled with the crowd.

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President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron are expected to spend today discussing international issues, including the ongoing unrest in the middle east and the international economy. The positive connection between these heads of state is expected to help their meetings flow smoothly.

In an interview that will air tonight on Rock Center with Brian Williams, Cameron describes his relationship with the president as “easy,” and elaborates: “We call each other by our first names. We talk probably, once a fortnight, once every three weeks, but it depends on how many issues there are that we really need to get to grips with.”

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President Obama also shared kind words for the British during his Rose Garden speech, saying of Prime Minister Cameron’s compatriots: “We stand together, and we work together, and we bleed together, and we build together, in good times and in bad, because when we do, our nations are more secure, our people are more prosperous, and the world is a safer and better and more just place.”

Using the visit to promote her Lets Move! initiative to fight childhood obesity, Mrs. Obama looked flawlessly crisp in creme pants paired with an elaborately embroidered yellow sweater, as she played sports with the kids on Tuesday. According to the Mrs. O style blog, the first lady’s “chartreuse and cream beaded silk cashmere cardigan and a yellow flower print georgette shirt” were “both from the L’Wren Scott Spring 2012 Collection.”

The play version of the games were also held to celebrate the coming Summer 2012 Olympics, to be held in London.

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