President Obama praises David Cameron for being ‘ahead of the curve’ on LGBT issues
President Obama has praised David Cameron for being “ahead of the curve” on LGBT rights.
Speaking at a town hall question and answer event in London, Mr Obama made the comments, during what is believed will be his last trip to London as President.
He said Mr Cameron is “ahead of the curve” on LGBT issues.
On his own record and legacy as the US President, Obama said: “I’ll look at a scorecard at the end… I think that I have been true to myself.”
Of Obamacare, he said: “That’s something I’m proud of,” adding: “And saving the world economy from a great depression, that was pretty good.”
The President also urged the young people in the audience to “reject pessimism and cynicism” and “know that progress is possible and problems can be solved”.
His comments come a day after he said in a joint news conference with David Cameron that the US needs to “overturn” its anti-LGBT laws, passed in states like North Carolina and Mississippi, which limit the rights of LGBT people.
Speaking at the news conference in London, Obama admitted that he believes that some of those backing such laws are good people, but that he disagrees with them on the issue of laws to limit LGBT rights.
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“I also think that the laws that have been passed there are wrong and should be overturned and they’re in response to politics in part and some strong emotions that are generated by people,” Obama said.
He commented on the issue as the UK government this week updated its travel advice for the United States – to warn gay people about new anti-LGBT laws.
Obama said that gay travellers should still go to the US, and that they would be treated with “extraordinary hospitality.”
The visit is likely to be the President’s last before his term ends in January.
Mr Earnest said: “The President has been to the UK. three or four times now, and I know he’s enjoyed each visit.
“This will be his second visit to London, I believe, and he’s hoping that it won’t be consumed just with work, that he might get to have a little fun while he’s there, too.”
During the trip, Obama has also said he thinks voters in the UK should opt to stay in the EU.