Euro-African Trip - July 2009
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New York Times report on the President's day in Ghana.
President Obama speaks after he & his family toured Cape Coast Castle, a slave-holding & -trading fort on the Ghanian Coast:
AFP: President Obama and his family visited the Cape Coast, Ghana, castle that was once a slave-trading fort.
President Obama's speech before the Ghanaian Parliament. The audio here, which I obtained from the White House, is MUCH BETTER than the audio on the satellite videos. However, President Obama doesn't begin speaking until 24 minutes in. You can click the audio forward (pause between clicks) -- this was a wonderful speech & well worth the effort.
Reuters reports on President Obama's speech before the Ghanaian Parliament. Politico's report is here. And here's the BBC's transcript of key excerpts from the speech. The Washington Post has the full transcript.
AP: Presidents Obama & Mills speak during a joint press availability.
Here's a very newsy pool report.
BBC News report on the President Obama's visit to Ghana with updated video.
This one's pretty good, too; the voiceover is in Italian, but the announcer is just relating what's going on, most of which is self-evident. The documents on the tray are copies of the Pope's new encyclical, "Caritas in Veritate" -- "True Charity":
Washington Post: in the "frank" and "cordial" discussion, Pope Benedict stressed his opposition to abortion & stem-cell research; a spokesman for President Obama said the President "was eager to listen to the Holy Father."
AP: President Obama has concluded his first meeting with Pope Benedict XVI; the First Lady joined them toward the end of the meeting.
More Catholic than the Pope. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, writing in Newsweek: "Obama's agenda is closer to [American Catholics'] views than even the pope's."
President Obama held a press conference following the G-8 meetings. AP report here.
President Obama's full remarks at the end of the G-8 summit:
Reuters: in the final G-8 session, African leaders ask the developed nations to honor their past pledges of aid; also request new funding for an agricultural program. AP Update of this story: G-8 leaders launch $15 billion global food initiative.
President Obama discusses the results of G-8/G-5 talks on energy & climate control:
Here's the G-S Leaders' statement on energy & climate.
New York Times: developing nations, led by China & India, refuse to commit to heat-trapping emission standards. Without the participation of the developing countries, "no climate deal will be effective."
A President Who Can Handle More than One Summit at a Time. CBS News: from the G-8 Summit in Italy, President Obama phones the Flu Preparedness Summit at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
BBC News: President Obama chairs a key session Thursday morning in which G-8 leaders will try to push leaders of emerging nations to take steps to limit global warming.
AP: G-8 leaders open up their meeting Thursday to the "Group of Five" fastest developing market countries — Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa -- to try to secure their cooperation in dealing with global economic problems.
Jake Tapper of ABC News: President Obama & Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva -- a/k/a Lula -- take time out in their one-on-one meeting to rib each other, Lula concentrating on his country's defeat of the U.S. in a big soccer match.
Josh Gerstein of Politico: G-8 issues a weak statement against Iran, little different from earlier statement....
AP: at the G-8 summit, leaders are drafting an agreement aimed at lowering trade barriers.
The G-8 leaders relax before dinner Wednesday. (CW: I can hear Sarkozy tell Obama, "Don't flatter yourself," which is what gets the laugh, but I can't hear what President Obama said that inspired Sarkozy's quip.):
AP: the Obama administration voices support for G-8 greenhouse gas emission control goals.
The G-8 leaders at the roundtable:
NBC News on President Obama's tour of earthquake-ravaged l'Aquila.
ANSA: Italian First Lady Clio Napolitano & Rome's First Lady Isabella Rauti Alemanno speak highly of Michelle Obama.
G-8 first spouses dined on a terrace of the Capitoline Museum as the guests of Isabella Rauti Alemanno, the wife of Rome's mayor. Here's the pool report by the Washington Post's Robin Givhan, & it's pretty funny.
Also, here's some dish on the first ladies' itinerary from Nick Squires of the London Daily Telegraph.
Herding cats world leaders; raw video:
Here's the pool report on President Obama's arrival in L'Aquila.
Time: President Obama sidesteps Berlusconi scandals by beginning his visit to Italy with a call on Italy's "largely ceremonial" president, Giorgio Napolitano.
Politico summarizes President Obama's brief remarks at a joint press availability with President Napolitano. I couldn't find a transcript or a video except this one with an Italian translator speaking over the President. Here's the pool report.
Raw video of the Obamas arriving at the Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome:
AP: the three-day G-8 meeting in l'Aquila, Italy, will tackle climate change, global economy. BBC News report here; China's President Hu Jintau leaves the summit because of civil unrest in Western China.
New York Times: the Obamas dined at Moscow's Ritz-Carlton last night, enjoying some downtime before traveling to Italy.
Here's an informative pool report on the President's meetings with the Civil Society group & the oppo leaders.
Transcript: President Obama's opening remarks at a meeting with Russian opposition leaders (partial).
Transcript: President Obama's remarks at the Parallel Civil Society Summit.
Transcript: President Obama's remarks at the Russian Parallel Business Summit.
Clifford Levy & Ellen Barry of the New York Times: President Obama isn't a rock star in Russia.
President Obama speaks at the New Economic School in Moscow:
The text of the President's speech at the New Economic School.
Michael Shearer of Time: President Obama gets personal in his comments on democracy & universal rights.
New York Times: in a speech at Moscows's New Economic School, President Obama says the U.S. & Russia share many common interests.
Interfax: President Obama met with former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in Moscow, & Gorbachev attended the speech President Obama gave at the New Economic School.
President Obama comments during a photo-op with Russian PM Putin. Raw video:
Here's the full joint press conference called by Presidents Obama & Medvedev.
Here's the transcript.
AP: Michelle Obama & daughters Malia & Sasha tour the Kremlin.
Presidents Obama & Medvedev meet in the Kremlin:
President & Mrs. Obama at the ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier:
BBC: President Obama has arrived in Moscow.