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Europe to be Obama's first overseas trip

(CNN) -- President Barack Obama will make his first overseas trip since taking office at the end of this month, visiting England, France, Germany and the Czech Republic, the White House said Thursday.
President Obama wil travel with first lady Michelle Obama to four European nations in the coming weeks.

President Obama wil travel with first lady Michelle Obama to four European nations in the coming weeks.

The trip is scheduled from March 31-April 5.

Obama, who will be joined by first lady Michelle Obama, will first visit London, where he will attend a summit with other world leaders.

He is to meet with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on April 3.

Obama will also attend NATO summit meetings in Strasbourg, France, and Kehl, Germany, then travel to Prague, Czech Republic, to meet with Czech leaders and leaders of other European Union nations.

His first trip outside the United States was to Canada last month.

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Obama to meet Queen in London
Barack Obama is to meet the Queen when he comes to Britain for a three-day visit next month.
By Andrew Porter, Political Editor
Last Updated: 10:25PM GMT 05 Mar 2009

The red carpet will be rolled out at Buckingham Palace for the United States President for the first meeting between the two heads of state, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.

It is being described in Washington and London as a "getting to know you" session.

Officials on both side of the Atlantic are finalising plans for the President's visit which will attract global media interest



It is expected that Air Force One, carrying the President and First Lady, and its accompanying aircraft will land at Stansted Airport, in Essex, on March 31. That will defuse a row over Heathrow potentially being plunged into chaos by the arrival of 18 other world leaders in London for the G20 meeting on April 2.

The President and his wife Michelle will then be flown in Marine One, the presidential helicopter, to Winfield House, the residence of the American ambassador to London, in Regent's Park.

The following day, April 1, will see Mr Obama travel the short distance to Buckingham Palace. It is unusual for a United States President to meet the Queen outside a state visit.

Reflecting the slightly less flown-blown nature of the meeting, it was described by one official in Washington as "an informal, formal meeting."

A source said: "There is a wish to do these things as discreetly when they meet for the first time."

Since becoming Queen in 1952 she has met every US leader apart from Lyndon Johnson. Once she meets Mr Obama she will have met 12 Presidents who have served during her reign.

That evening Mr Obama will join the other world leaders and their wives for an official dinner at Downing Street, hosted by Gordon and Sarah Brown.

The next morning the leaders of the G20 will gather at the ExCel exhibition centre in Docklands, East London. Some will be disappointed that a grander and auspicious venue is being used for what the Prime Minister believes is the most crucial economic summit for decades.

However, security concerns and need to house such a large number of people was the central consideration.

After the one day meeting the President will fly to Strasbourg for a meeting of Nato leaders.

This week Mr Brown met Mr Obama in the Oval Office of the White House. A planned press conference was switched to a more informal press briefing in the Oval Office. That led to some suggestions that there had been little interest in the White House in making a big deal of Mr Brown's visit.

Perhaps conscious that some had reported that Mr Obama had been only businesslike and not fully engaged with Mr Brown, the President telephoned him as he Brown from Washington and congratulated him on his visit. He gave Mr Brown a present of the top 25 classic American movies.

The Prime Minister was the first European leader to see the new President in Washington.


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It must be the case of the "First insert-activity-here" with Obama as president, 'cause this is making me more giddy than it should!

It's like, I just feel like showing off our President and First Lady and say "Hey there, world! Look at our gorgeous and awesome first couple and be just a little bit envious XD"
molotov_lj 7th-Mar-2009 01:13 am (UTC)
Lol that float is kind of scary. I'm assuming the cherub thing is holding on to his robe, and not his cock.
missanemone 7th-Mar-2009 01:16 am (UTC)
I'm assuming the cherub thing is holding on to his robe, and not his cock.

*sporfles* bwahahaha!

i was looking for "obama in europe" pictures on daylife and that was the first picture that showed up. apparently from a carnival parade in dusseldorf, germany last week and the little cherub is supposed to be "Europe".
sideofzen 7th-Mar-2009 01:14 am (UTC)
Great. So expect more bitching about presents from those butt hurt Brits.

Edited at 2009-03-07 01:15 am (UTC)
happythree 7th-Mar-2009 10:04 am (UTC)
As long as there are no peonies involved I think things should be alright.
misatojaganshi 7th-Mar-2009 01:40 am (UTC)
lol but he already had his first overseas trip, it was to Canada!!
Also I can't believe the gift scrutinizing!! The economy is in the crapper, what kind of gifts are these complainers expecting? Be happy with your free dvds and helicopters gosh! hahaa
suzycat 7th-Mar-2009 01:47 am (UTC)
Probably because I live on an island nation, I only think places are overseas if you have to travel over seas to get to them.
suzycat 7th-Mar-2009 01:47 am (UTC)
Dear Barack

Now, for God's sake don't gently usher the old dear ahead of you with your hand in the small of her back like John Howard did or there will be hell to pay.

Also, the Britons have been decrying the value of White House gifts of late so make sure you choose thoughtfully and expensively. Perhaps you could give her Alaska. They don't want to be part of the US anyway!
darthweez 7th-Mar-2009 01:59 am (UTC)
the person who made the float may not have been a native English speaker. Do we know where it's from?
ohhhmandy 7th-Mar-2009 02:44 am (UTC)
I'm looking forward to Prince Philip's inevitable racist slips
u_belong_to_me 7th-Mar-2009 03:23 am (UTC)
"... Who is this man? He looks a bit dusky- is he an illegal of some sort?"
keeni84 7th-Mar-2009 02:45 am (UTC)
world leaders and their wives

LOL.
fenris_lorsrai 7th-Mar-2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Clearly the prime minister of Iceland is coming, with her wife!
dies_nefastus omg I want to meet the queen...7th-Mar-2009 04:48 am (UTC)
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Obama should have the secret service drop off some menacing peonies at various newspaper offices around the UK.
rinygrin Re: omg I want to meet the queen...7th-Mar-2009 11:01 am (UTC)
OMFG YES
I'm still disappointed that they haven't used him to model the Queen in Canadian money for lulz.

Edited at 2009-03-07 11:01 am (UTC)
unspooling 7th-Mar-2009 06:36 am (UTC)
Well, for sure I will stalk them while they're in London.
shirozora 7th-Mar-2009 06:59 am (UTC)
MONTY PYTHON FTW
shanniesaysyo 7th-Mar-2009 07:45 am (UTC)
is europe giving obama "special" attention? because omg that float is sort of amazing.
imacrusader 7th-Mar-2009 11:22 am (UTC)
Nah, it's traditional to caricature political events with the floats of the carnival parades in Germany. I think this one is more mocking Europe for trying to piggy-back on Obama's success.
songinmyear 7th-Mar-2009 11:02 am (UTC)
Okay, the Queen and Obama in one room. Together. The world is going to combust with the amount of awesome in the same space.

Obama, please give her something awesome though, k? Not DVD's. She's too fierce for that fuckery and she will give you her 'bitch, please?' face. It could be war if you offend her and i may have to side with the Queen because she sort of scares me.
intellectualred Does Obama dislike the British?7th-Mar-2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
Does Obama dislike the British? The answer seems to be-Yes. He really dissed the British Prime Minister. That could not have been an accident. He has too many diplomatic advisers for that to occur. Read more here.
Does Obama dislike the British?
katastrophe1187 Re: Does Obama dislike the British?7th-Mar-2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
Closest alley and strongest friend? Really? It's not the Bush years anymore. The British should be happy that Obama isn't treating their prime minister like a lapdog. If all they care about are the gifts given, the British need to straighten out their prioities.
stargirl176 7th-Mar-2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
I can't wait for the Obama/Queen pictures. Awesome.
jsrocks 7th-Mar-2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
It must be the case of the "First insert-activity-here" with Obama as president, 'cause this is making me more giddy than it should!

It's like, I just feel like showing off our President and First Lady and say "Hey there, world! Look at our gorgeous and awesome first couple and be just a little bit envious XD"


LOL same for me

THIS FIERCST COUPLE GODDAMN!

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sweetynyc 7th-Mar-2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
Sorry, but all those bitching about Obama's gift are being ridiculous. Especially the British press, which itself is looking very pathetic and whiny.

Seeing as how it is President Obama, I get the feeling that there was a point to giving the PM the DVD's. I don't get that he would just give a gift to a world leader without thought.
wepaperhearts 7th-Mar-2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
I cant believe i'm defending the British press here, but it's not all the press, it's the torygraph. No one in their right mind takes them seriously. And i have read some American ones slating Obama for it, but i imagine there just in general opposition to Obama.

P.S, we are British though and we do like to moan and whinge about anything and everything. What kind of a friend nation are if you dont know that simple fact about us? It's the staple of our life, lol.
jacquelantern 7th-Mar-2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to think of a good gift for the Queen, but I'm drawing a blank. Maybe something historic like some sort of official document, painting or document.
jacquelantern 7th-Mar-2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
And by the other document, I meant relic.
katastrophe1187 7th-Mar-2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
I don't know about you but getting 25 AFI granted dvds from fucking Barack Obama President of the United States would make me piss my pants every time I looked at them.
sometimesdee 7th-Mar-2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
Or do this!
sometimesdee 7th-Mar-2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
LOL, the EU is kissing Obama's ass!
silentinflames 7th-Mar-2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
No.
sianisit 10th-Mar-2009 11:07 am (UTC)
Oh, good. Maybe Obama can be less fucking rude this time.
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