Morning Brief: Obama arrives in Germany
Top Story MICHAEL KAPPELER/AFP/Getty Images The stage is set for Barack Obama’s big speech in Germany. After meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Obama will speak to assembled multitudes before the iconic “Victory Column” in Berlin’s Tiergarten Park. Yesterday, Merkel said she “wouldn’t resist” a backrub from Obama, whom she called “well-equipped — physically, mentally ...
The stage is set for Barack Obama’s big speech in Germany. After meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Obama will speak to assembled multitudes before the iconic “Victory Column” in Berlin’s Tiergarten Park. Yesterday, Merkel said she “wouldn’t resist” a backrub from Obama, whom she called “well-equipped — physically, mentally and politically.” [UPDATE: Here’s the AP’s writeup of the Obama-Merkel meeting.]
Der Spiegel looks at the debate over Barack Obama’s 7 p.m. event, and interviews Obama aide Susan Rice and McCain advisor Randy Scheunemann. The McCain camp has criticized Obama for holding a “campaign rally” in a foreign country. “I’m hoping to communicate across the Atlantic the value of that relationship and how we need to build on it,” Obama has responded. “I doubt we’re going to have a million screaming Germans.”
Reuters expects Obama to “ask Europe to shoulder more of the burden” in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
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