British spirit built on a strong foundation

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I was taken today, as I think you were, with the patriotism on display.

I looked out over that happy crowd and saw people waving those Union Jacks, those beautiful British flags.

It was a youthful, healthy crowd out on a beautiful day enjoying a beautiful moment of national resilience, national destiny.

The British spirit is built on a strong foundation. They all grow up knowing of their Finest Hour in World War II, when they stood - almost alone - against the worst menace of the 20th century, perhaps of history. We know of the pride they feel in their history and institutions - especially the Monarchy.

It is a small country now, not the great empire, but it still has a great spirit, wondrously put on the big screen in that wonderful movie, “Love Actually.”
 
Here’s Hugh Grant as the prime minister, Billy Bob Thornton as the visiting president.
 
We saw that spirit today and I say good for them. We share their joy and admire their pride in country.  We know about such things.

British spirit built on a strong foundation

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