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The Obamas' European Tour, G20 Summit, NATO Anniversary

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I thought folks might like to see some images and video clips from today's British Press about the astoundingly successful visit of President Obama and First Lady Michele during the meeting of the G20 Summit this week.  The simultaneous protests against the financial system which were taking place in the City of London did not mar the visit and were largely peaceful, except for a window breaking incident at the Royal Bank of Scotland.   Your First Lady was a wow! everywhere she went and created a sensation by hugging the Queen!

 

Dinner at Downing Street

 

President Obama

 

Michele's Hug

 

Michele's success 

 

New World Order

 

Protests

 

Scottish bank attacked

 

 

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Thanks for the links C, it looks like the Obamas were a success! I loved the Michelle, Queen moment!
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Re: Current UK Events.

An impressive and interesting set of links, Choisya.  I haven't been through them all yet, but thanks!


Choisya wrote:

I thought folks might like to see some images and video clips from today's British Press about the astoundingly successful visit of President Obama and First Lady Michele during the meeting of the G20 Summit this week.  The simultaneous protests against the financial system which were taking place in the City of London did not mar the visit and were largely peaceful, except for a window breaking incident at the Royal Bank of Scotland.   Your First Lady was a wow! everywhere she went and created a sensation by hugging the Queen!

 

Dinner at Downing Street

 

President Obama

 

Michele's Hug

 

Michele's success 

 

New World Order

 

Protests

 

Scottish bank attacked

 


 

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Re: Current UK Events.

Another interesting Queen moment has been reported - she apparently chastised the Italian Premier Berlusconi for shouting.    

 

Michele Obama also made a big impression at a downtown school where she not only gave an inspiring talk to the girls there but gave them big hugs.  She seems a very warm, 'touchy-feely' person and I think she will be a great asset to Americans in the forthcoming years and, together with her imposing husband, will do much to repair the damage that has been done to the reputation of America over the past few years.

 

   

 

 


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Thanks for the links C, it looks like the Obamas were a success! I loved the Michelle, Queen moment!

 

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Welcome news!

Tom Raum of The Associated Press writes: "Welcomed with thunderous cheers, President Barack Obama pledged on Friday to repair damaged relations with Europe, saying the world came together following the 2001 terrorist attacks, but then 'we got sidetracked by Iraq.'"
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I'm glad that he was direct, acknowledging America's arrogance and dismissal of Europe but calling Europe on it's anti-Americanism. Only the direct approach is going to work now. People are tired of rhetoric and lies. I think he has done America proud on this trip

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Welcome news!

Tom Raum of The Associated Press writes: "Welcomed with thunderous cheers, President Barack Obama pledged on Friday to repair damaged relations with Europe, saying the world came together following the 2001 terrorist attacks, but then 'we got sidetracked by Iraq.'"

 

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Yes, it was a wide and even handed speech.  He has done wonders for you but I still worry about Afghanistan because there is a lot of opposition to the war there on this side of the Pond. The Europeans have not committed many more troops because of this.  We favour increased surveillance and diplomatic activity, place less emphasis on Al Queda and even less on Bin Laden. These terrorists groups are in a number of countries, acting under many names and with a variety of leaders - concentrating so many resources on Afghanistan is going to weaken efforts elsewhere.  It also antagonises even more Muslims, just as the war in Iraq did, which potentially breeds more terrorists. 

 

     

 


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I'm glad that he was direct, acknowledging America's arrogance and dismissal of Europe but calling Europe on it's anti-Americanism. Only the direct approach is going to work now. People are tired of rhetoric and lies. I think he has done America proud on this trip

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Welcome news!

Tom Raum of The Associated Press writes: "Welcomed with thunderous cheers, President Barack Obama pledged on Friday to repair damaged relations with Europe, saying the world came together following the 2001 terrorist attacks, but then 'we got sidetracked by Iraq.'"

 


 

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Re: Better US relations with Europe.

This seemed like a good discussion that would have some legs and go its own places, so I split it out from the Community Room, just so the conversation didn't get fragmented with random stuff. 
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While I am probably not going to find or be able to make time for the whole thing, I am finding Ghost Wars useful in thinking about Afghanistan. I fear too  many citizens everywhere in the world are too ignorant about that country, its politics, its people, and its leaders.

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Yes, it was a wide and even handed speech.  He has done wonders for you but I still worry about Afghanistan because there is a lot of opposition to the war there on this side of the Pond. The Europeans have not committed many more troops because of this.  We favour increased surveillance and diplomatic activity, place less emphasis on Al Queda and even less on Bin Laden. These terrorists groups are in a number of countries, acting under many names and with a variety of leaders - concentrating so many resources on Afghanistan is going to weaken efforts elsewhere.  It also antagonises even more Muslims, just as the war in Iraq did, which potentially breeds more terrorists.


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I'm glad that he was direct, acknowledging America's arrogance and dismissal of Europe but calling Europe on it's anti-Americanism. Only the direct approach is going to work now. People are tired of rhetoric and lies. I think he has done America proud on this trip.



 

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Yes, i worry too. As I've said before I hope Afghanistan does not become Obama's Iraq

Choisya wrote:

Yes, it was a wide and even handed speech.  He has done wonders for you but I still worry about Afghanistan because there is a lot of opposition to the war there on this side of the Pond. The Europeans have not committed many more troops because of this.  We favour increased surveillance and diplomatic activity, place less emphasis on Al Queda and even less on Bin Laden. These terrorists groups are in a number of countries, acting under many names and with a variety of leaders - concentrating so many resources on Afghanistan is going to weaken efforts elsewhere.  It also antagonises even more Muslims, just as the war in Iraq did, which potentially breeds more terrorists. 

 

     

 


debbook wrote:
I'm glad that he was direct, acknowledging America's arrogance and dismissal of Europe but calling Europe on it's anti-Americanism. Only the direct approach is going to work now. People are tired of rhetoric and lies. I think he has done America proud on this trip

Choisya wrote:
Welcome news!

Tom Raum of The Associated Press writes: "Welcomed with thunderous cheers, President Barack Obama pledged on Friday to repair damaged relations with Europe, saying the world came together following the 2001 terrorist attacks, but then 'we got sidetracked by Iraq.'"

 


 


 

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Re: 'The Obama Manner...'

Le Monde reports that '... something has changed in the relations with the United States... Something about Mr. Obama, that could be sensed, but which this trip has confirmed ...There is an Obama manner that expresses a new type of American leadership, less arrogant, less hectoring, less peremptory....; a thousand miles away from an imperial manner that contributed in no small way to fostering anti-Americanism in the world.'

And he did well in Turkey too.

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Re: Unique Obama.


'In America's struggle against the extremists and terrorists epitomized by al-Qaeda, the strategic imperatives are to divide the enemy and neutralize their base. Fortunately for the United States and its allies, the new American president understands how to do that - and is uniquely suited to accomplish the mission.'