Obama snubs British scientists by skipping award banquet in his honor

Sources close to the state visit said members of the Royal Society were “deeply offended” by the snub and had accused Mr Obama of being obsessed with his “street cred”.

The US President was offered the chance to receive the King Charles II medal, which is awarded in “exceptional circumstances” to heads of state who have “made an outstanding contribution to furthering scientific research in their country”…

Mr Obama’s aides responded to the invitation with a “very short” note in which they said the president would rather spend time at a south London state school.