The Obamas' European Tour April 2009 - Part 1
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The Washington Post has an excellent slideshow of the President's European trip. Time magazine also has an outstanding slideshow of the Obamas' European trip. Also, don't miss the White House's fabulous slideshow of behind-the-scenes photos.
Sunday Commentary on the President & First Lady's European Excursion:
A. A. Gill in the New York Times: "Honey, we shrank the monarchy."
Maureen Dowd: President Obama's unique life experience makes him well-suited to dealing with egotistical world leaders.
Michael Scherer has an interesting post on Obama's view of "American exceptionalism" -- one of the many embarassments of the Bush era, now put in perspective.
In Slate, Fred Kaplan hails the return of statescraft.
AP: President Obama defuses Turkey's objections to Denmark's Anders Fogh Rasmussen to head NATO, & the deal is done.
New York Times: at a luncheon for EU leaders, President Obama urged them to admit Turkey to the Union.
Brief video of Obama-EU leaders' joint news conference following the EU summit meeting:
Brief video of President Obama addressing the EU summit members:
I liked this short EUX.TV video in which handlers get the European leaders to line up for a group photo:
This Politico video covers the meat of the President's Prague speech. It runs about 15 minutes:
This EUX.TV video of the President's speech in the Prague Castle complex captures the highlights. (If you wonder why the backdrop seems to be a sort of sickly yellow, that's because that's what color the air is in one of the world's most polluted nations.)
Here's the President's news conference following the close of the NATO summit. Runs 32 minutes.
Update: here's the White House blog on the NATO summit vis-a-vis Afghanistan.
New York Times: the Czech Republic's embarassing domestic politics (er, it has no government just now) have wrecked its hopes for a chance to shine on the world stage when EU leaders -- and the Obamas -- converge on the Republic for their annual summit.
After painstaking research & analysis, Gail Collins resolves the "long-standing question of who can be more irritating, the Republicans or the French."
President Obama's town hall meeting in Strasbourg (runs an hour):
Here's AP raw video of the raucous greeting the Obamas received in Strasbourg:
The Guardian reports on the behind-the-scenes negotiations that secured the G-20 concord.
President Obama held a news conference following the conclusion of the G-20 summit.C-SPAN has it here. Runs 53 minutes.
A touching moment when Michelle Obama encourages students at a school catering mostly to ethnic minority girls for whom English is a second language:
"We are not amused." Actually, we are:
Charles Wolfson of CBS News: President Obama & Secretary Clinton have used international meetings to conduct an impressive array of diplomacy not directly related to the meetings' objectives.
The Obamas meet Queen Elizabeth II & her husband Prince Philip in the royal residence of Buckingham Palace.
Link here to Time magazine photos of the Obamas' visit to Buckingham Palace.
Meanwhile, out in the courtyard,that's President Obama's armored car. Those are Queen Elizabeth's Corgis.No word on what happened next.
This BBC News report on the lead-up to the G-20 meetings contains some good video footage. Duration: about 5 minutes:
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