Obamas may get freedom of the city

By Drum Digital
15 May 2012

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille has recommended that United States President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle receive the freedom of the city, it was reported on Tuesday.

The Cape Times quoted her as saying that the couple exuded leadership, excellence and inclusion, which made them natural candidates for the city's highest accolade.

"For this city, as for the entire world, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are the guiding stars to our eventual destination. In a cynical age, there is a desperate need for universal hope," she was quoted as saying on Monday.

"Symbols that retain their meaning in these times, and ones that embody the qualities to which we aspire, are worthy of the highest recognition."

US embassy spokesman Brian Denver said it was a great honour for the couple and he would be liasing with the White House.

The proposal to award the freedom of the city would be sent to the city's rules committee for a recommendation to the council.

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