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President Obama plans European trip for spring break

A few Berliners gather to welcome then Democratic Senator Barack Obama to their city

President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, will take a springtime working victory tour of Europe at the end of this month, which is likely to provide reinvigorating images back home of eager foreign throngs that adored him last summer and now get their first look at the new U.S. commander-in-chief.

The president has already visited such exotic spots as Ottawa, Ft. Myers, Denver, Phoenix, Camp Lejeune, Elkhart--and tomorrow he adds Columbus, Ohio, to the exciting list , where he will swear in some police officers.

The first couple will visit Britain, Germany, France and the Czech Republic between March 31 and April 5, meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, NATO officials in Strasbourg, France, and Czech and European Union officials in Prague at trip's end.

We'll publish the complete White House statement on the jump below. As you read it, see if you too notice the striking absence of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's name from the detailed announcement of the national leaders that Obama will confer with. All it mentions is Obama's meetings with "British leaders."

As The Ticket reported here in detail Wednesday, some in Britain have seen a recent accumulation of minor slights by the new Democratic administration, so much so that the White House released an unusually detailed description of the president's initiative in telephoning Brown after his well-received speech to Congress and Britain's honorary knighting of Sen. Edward Kennedy.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Associated Press

The President's Trip to Europe, March 31-April 5

President and Mrs. Obama will visit the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and the Czech Republic March 31-April 5, 2009. In the United Kingdom, the President will continue discussions on important bilateral and global issues with British leaders and work with other G-20 leaders to address the global financial crisis at the London summit. 

On April 3, the President will participate in bilateral programs with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The President then looks forward to participating in NATO summit events in Strasbourg, France, and Kehl, Germany, April 3-4, where leaders will celebrate 60 years of providing peace and security culminating in a unified Europe, discuss challenges and strategies for success of NATO’s mission in Afghanistan and other issues, and commit to preparing NATO to combat the new threats of the 21st century. 

The President will travel to Prague, Czech Republic, April 4-5 to meet with Czech officials and with leaders of European Union (EU) member states and the European Commission president to build a stronger partnership between the United States and the EU, one which will enable us to better confront our shared challenges together.   ###

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Sure, why not? Our country is going to hell in a hand basket and what does Dear Leader do?


Expect more of this. When the Epic Failure that is currently in the WH makes a mess, he will do what all cowards do; turn tail, run and blame it on someone else. GWB will be a scapegoat for years, but hey, 0bama, you wanted it, you got it and now YOU are responsible. No more handoffs, the buck stops with YOU!

Seriously, is anyone surprised by this behavior? Dear Leader Epic Failure has had NO experience running ANYTHING (I doubt that he ever ran something as simple as a lemonade stand in his front yard). He gets tired and overwhelmed (where was the compassion for GWB when he had to deal with this level of work AND the hostile environment that is the Democrat-infested Washington infrastructure? If GWB ever made a comment about being tired, the Lamestream Media would have torn him apart for it, but Teleprompter Messiah gets a pass. GWB gets condemned for taking working vacations to Crawford, but the 0ne can blow off any time because being President is So Much Work! and the press will cover for him. No wonder that the Lamestream Media is tanking, more and more people are realizing that they are just the propaganda wing of the Democratic Party and will have no truck with them. Tell us the real truth, not what the Democrats feed you, Lamestream, and maybe you will survive. Otherwise, no tears will be shed at your demise (and take the Democrats with you!)

For the people that voted for The 0ne, I hope you are happy with him, but I do hope that we can start to blunt his efforts to destroy this country in 2010 and show him the door in 2012. The 0ne is giving JWC a real run for his money as Worst. President. Ever. And we haven't even reached the 100 day mark yet. Wheee, what other disasters does the Teleprompter Messiah have waiting for us! I can't wait (sarcasm).


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