Obama 'Very Much Looking Forward' To Meeting Queen Elizabeth II

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LONDON — As he prepares for a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II, President Barack Obama is hailing what he calls an "extraordinary affinity and kinship" between the people of the United States and Britain.

When asked at a London news conference what 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 his wife, Michelle, had been given that meeting a lot of thought.

Obama said he values "what the queen stands for," including "decency" and "civility."