President Obama and First Lady head to Europe for economic, political talks

2009-03-31 17:14:12 (GMT) (Caymanmama.com - Government Top Stories News)

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Obama will be focusing on a G-20 gathering of the world’s chief economic powers and a NATO summit on the 60th anniversary of the alliance founded to dull Soviet aggression in Europe

Dallas, Texas (CaymanMama.com) — President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama boarded Air Force One headed for Europe on Tuesday, prepared for a fast-paced set of economic and political talks during his first trip across the Atlantic since taking office in January.

Obama will be focusing on a G-20 gathering of the world’s chief economic powers and a NATO summit on the 60th anniversary of the alliance founded to dull Soviet aggression in Europe.

According to the Associated Press, “Obama’s eight-day, five-country trip begins early Tuesday, sending him to meet with European leaders who split with the United States over the war in Iraq and the treatment of suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay under President George W. Bush.”

First on Obama’s agenda will be a summit of the globe’s key economic powers in London to discuss the global financial recession.

“The president and America are going to listen in London, as well as to lead,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

Obama is scheduled to meet with leaders of Britain, Russia and China — all key players in the American financial system. He will also meet with leaders of India and South Korea while in London.



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