Nightly News | May 28, 2011
>>> in europe today president obama paid tribute to poland , citing its democratic transformation as a model for the world, including the changes sweeping through the arab world . more tonight from nbc's chief white house correspondent, chuck todd .
>> reporter: on the last day of his european tour president obama honoreded elders of its solidarity movement and again talked about the arab spring.
>> your actions charted a course for freedom that inspired many on this continent and beyond. so we want to encourage all states undergoing similar experiences to learn from poland .
>> reporter: and at a press conference in warsaw the president made the case to americans why even in these tough economic times the u.s. has to play a leading role.
>> we've got to leave room for us to continue our tradition of providing leadership when it comes to freedom, democracy, human rights .
>> reporter: earler in the week, during his speech to the british parliament , the president addressed the growing concern in some corners about the slow progress in libya.
>> we will not relent until the people of libya are protected and the shadow of tyranny is lifted.
>> reporter: aides describe that this trip was about the basic diplomacy american presidents have to do every year, from reaffirming the close ties with britain and other western allies to reassuring new ones in the east like here in poland . the trip had its lighter moments and some hiccups. from little things like a non-working pen in poland to the president signing a book in england as if he were struck in a campaign time machine . then again, that adulation the president experienced in ireland may have made him feel like it was 2008 again. he got a campaign-style welcome in his ancestral home of moneygall. perhaps the biggest faux pas came at a state dinner in his honor when during his toast to the queen he talked over " god save the queen ."
>> this room. this england.
>> reporter: as the president heads home, his focus shifts back to domestic concerns, to get a firsthand look at the tornado devastation. chuck todd , nbc news, warsaw.