The widely-anticipated speech fell flat.
One has to wonder why Obama doesn't simply come home. this round of foreign travel has proven to be a bust for him and it looks bad that he's away with all the natural disasters and tragedy here at home in the Midwest.
Obama's timing was bad -- VERY bad.
Anyway, here's an excerpt of coverage of the speech from Britain's Telegraph:
The pictures were better than the words. President Barack Obama is a brilliant speaker, but also a very polite man, and in Westminster Hall his oratorical inspiration was smothered by the cautious politeness of an American statesman.
Perhaps Mr Obama was smothered also by his audience, which remained stubbornly unresponsive. For most of the time the President had nothing to bounce off: no applause and certainly no shouts of praise or blame as might be heard in an American church or at an American political rally.
The presidential text sounded as if it had been worked on so hard and conscientiously by a vast team of helpers that it had lost all savour, and been reduced to a series of orotund banalities, of the sort which can be heard at every tedious Anglo-American conference: “Profound challenges stretch out before us…the time for our leadership is now…Our alliance will remain indispensable.”