By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor
What a strange sight just now to be in our NBC News London Bureau watching live coverage of the (still relatively new) American President set foot on British soil for the first time. He arrived at Stansted Airport and immediately boarded a white-topped Blackhawk helicopter (the choppers in the White House fleet are called Nighthawks) for the short flight to London proper.
And if you think the "naming rights" craze is limited to only the United States, consider that the G20 meeting will be held at London's "ExCeL Exhibition Centre" and the President's chopper will use something called the "Red Bull Landing Zone" to come and go. The British press have devoted insane amounts of coverage to the Obama's visit -- and Michelle Obama especially. This will be interesting to watch, especially if any of the predictions of massive protests and disruptions by anarchists come to pass. About the auto crisis back home in the U.S., there was much talk about this particular take, which was published while we were in the air. We'll do our first of several broadcasts from here tonight -- we hope you will join us for our broadcast from London this evening.