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March 31, 2009

Schedule: President and Mrs. Obama Goes To Europe

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The Obamas are scheduled to arrive in London approximately 7:30pm local time (3:30pm EST).  The UK is 4 hours ahead of EST.


President and Mrs. Obama will breakfast with Prime Minister and Mrs. Brown at 10 Downing Street then President Obama will hold talks with Prime Minister Brown.  Meetings with Russian President Dmitriy Anatolyevich Medvedev and Chinese President Hu Jintao will follow and then Obama will meet with David Cameron, leader of the British Conservative Party and end the day with her Majesty the Queen of England.


The big day.  G20 summit. 

President Obama will also meet the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak and King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia.


Departs for Strasbourg, France (Near the German border)

President Obama will meet with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and hold a town-hall meeting.  He will then travel to Baden-Baden, Germany where he will visit with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and will then return to Strasbourg.


Attends NATO summit in Strasbourg.

Departs for Prague, Czech Republic


Attends EU-US summit.

Departs for Ankara, Turkey


Departs Ankara for U.S of A


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Our POTUS and First Lady arrived in Britain at Stansted Airport in Essex, England at 7:51pm GMT (3:51pm EST), where they were met on the tarmac by Chancellor Alistair Darling and his wife Margaret and Britain’s Charge D’Affair’s Richard LeBaron and his wife Jean Foshee LeBaron. They then travelled on Marine One to the grounds of Winfield House, the U.S. Ambassador’s London residence. 



July 25, 2008

Friday: Obama, An American In Paris ‘Bonjour’

 Only one venue was on Obama’s Paris schedule early Friday – the presidential Élysée Palace. President Nicolas Sarkozy was at the steps of the palace to greet Mr. Obama as he stepped from his car.
“Bonjour,” said Obama, after he was urged by journalists to say something in French and to pose for pictures with the French rightwing leader.  After a few pictures the two disappeared inside the building.  A joint news conference took place after their meeting. Mr. Sarkozy, a conservative, had rushed back from a meeting in south western France to host Mr. Obama.
 Although the two are on different sides of the political fence, the French leader seems to have a soft spot for the U.S. senator.

“Obama? He’s my buddy,” Le Figaro newspaper quoted President Sarkozy as saying before Obama’s arrival. “I am the only Frenchman who knows him.”

“In France, we’re watching with great interest what you’re doing,” Sarkozy told Obama, noting how he himself, the son of a Hungarian immigrant, doesn’t fit the stereotypical mould of a French leader.

“Barack Obama’s adventure is an adventure that rings true in the hearts and minds of the French and of Europeans,” Sarkozy gushed.

“Of course, it’s not up to the French to choose the next President of the United States of America,” he said, adding that he’d happily work with whichever candidate wins.


Senator Obama: Friday In Paris

 Senator Barack Obama is in Paris today.   Yesterday he was greeted by  200,000 cheering fans that went to Tiergarten Park by the Victory Column in Berlin to hear him call for the world to tear down walls of division and hate.

His visit to Paris will be a little different – there, he will make no public appearances except for a press conference after meeting President Nicolas Sarkozy before he heads for London.

Still, Obama’s arrival in Paris has sparked much excitement in France, where polls reflect those across Europe and shows overwhelmingly that he is the candidate most people want to succeed President George W. Bush in the November vote.


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