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Top of the world - Rory joins galaxy of stars for dinner at White House

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama praised David and Samantha Cameron for their "strength" as parents at a star-studded White House dinner.

Famous names from both sides of the Atlantic bagged tickets to the glitzy event in the Camerons honour, including British actor Damian Lewis, US star George Clooney and American Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

Irish golf star Rory McIlroy, British actress Carey Mulligan and Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville were also on the guest list at the dinner, held in a marquee on the South Lawn.

Paying tribute to the British Prime Minister in a toast, Mr Obama said: "I've seen his character, I've seen his commitment to human dignity in Libya.

"I've seen his resolve, his determination to get the job done." And in an apparent reference to the couple's care for their disabled son Ivan, who died in 2009 aged six, the president said:


"I will say something else, David: all of us have seen how you as a parent along with Samantha have shown a measure of strength that few of us will ever know.

"Tonight I thank you for bringing that same strength and solidarity to our partnership."

Mr Cameron responded by saying he felt the special relationship "in his bones".

He praised Mr Obama's "strength, moral authority and wisdom", citing his decision to order the mission which led to the death of Osama bin Laden.

"Let us all agree, the world is better off without bin Laden but the world is better off without Gaddafi too," said Mr Cameron. He said that Mr Obama had "pressed the reset button" on moral authority in the world.

Virgin boss Richard Branson and Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis also attended.