Photo Gallery: State Dinner for German Chancellor Angela Merkel
June 8th, 2011
11:45 AM ET
3 years ago

Photo Gallery: State Dinner for German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Click the headline above for an inside look at the State Dinner held in honor of Chancellor Merkel.


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  1. Democrat Swamp Inspector

    Yes, there's ALWAYS time for another photo op, campaign fund raiser, golf game, celebrity event,.... All of our problems have been solved, everybody is just fine and dandy. Just turn up the music and sing along as our Titanic economy slowly goes under.

    June 8, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Democrat Swamp Inspector wrote:
    Yes, there's ALWAYS time for another photo op, campaign fund raiser, golf game, celebrity event,.... All of our problems have been solved, everybody is just fine and dandy. Just turn up the music and sing along as our Titanic economy slowly goes under.
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    Isn't that how he caught Bin Laden?

    June 8, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. Dave, Central Illinois

    Rudy, Obama did not catch Bin Laden – US intelligence and the military did. Obama simply said "OK".

    June 8, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    They both represent our country so elegant and intelligently laying to rest all of those stereotypes that ignorant, racist, scared yahoos with only their own well-being in mind have perpetuated for centuries.
    God bless our President and First Lady, and the US of All Americans.

    June 8, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC

    Democrat Swamp Inspector wrote:
    Yes, there's ALWAYS time for another photo op, campaign fund raiser, golf game, celebrity event,.... All of our problems have been solved, everybody is just fine and dandy. Just turn up the music and sing along as our Titanic economy slowly goes under.
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    Isn't that how he caught Bin Laden?
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    Bwahahahahaha!!!! Good one Rudy!!

    June 8, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Laura

    Why is it we never hear from or see him unless its a party or a tour?? Come on 2012!!

    June 8, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. R

    @ Rudy NYC
    What does catching Bin Laden have to do with this article, or what Democrat Swamp Inspector said?

    For the record; President Obama did not catch Bin Laden – the fine men and women of our armed forces did. Even if Bush had "caught" Bin Laden, the recognition goes ONLY to our armed forces. They are the ones out there everyday, doing what they do. Not the politicians that sit in their chair and say whatever they need to say to get elected/re-elected.

    June 8, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Why no POLITICAL articles about the Wisconsin GOP trying to rig the recall elections by unabashedly trying to run Republicans as Democrats in order to force the July 12th elections to become primaries? You see, WI is an OPEN PRIMARY state, so they will (a) plant GOPers as fake Dems into the election, which forces the July 12 elections to become primaries instead of elections, then (b) send all their GOP minions to the polls to vote for the fake Dem in an attempt to prevent the real Dem from being on the ballot. Such wonderful respect for democracy and honest, forthright, transparent election, political and governmental processes, eh? SCUM.

    June 8, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. deb0155

    Obama does not have a clue as to how to run this country! The Unitd States is broken – we have absolutely no leadership at all from both parties! I am saddened for my countrymen and devastated that our government will not stand up for the American people!

    Instead, Obama has taken full advantage of all the parties, vacations, etc. that are paid for by the American taxpayer! How this man and every other politiican whether it be a Democrat or Republican can wake up and look themselves in the mirror is just shocking to me. Our politicians are scum!

    June 8, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "Yes, there's ALWAYS time for another photo op, campaign fund raiser, golf game, celebrity event'

    Did you miss the part where myriad GOP leadership attended and that Merkel is the leader of a world power ally that happens to be Europe's biggest creditor? Moron.

    June 8, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. Padraig

    I am not sure what the uproar is. These are events that every President has for important heads of state of foregin governments. I do not see what was different from any other foreign dignitary visit to the White House.

    I agree we have many things that need to be resolved but the is part of his duties to meet with other leaders.

    June 8, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. jen

    Democrat Swamp Inspector, you're such a moron! Obama-Biden 2012

    June 8, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Rudy NYC

    Democrat Swamp Inspector wrote:
    Yes, there's ALWAYS time for another photo op, campaign fund raiser, golf game, celebrity event,.... All of our problems have been solved, everybody is just fine and dandy. Just turn up the music and sing along as our Titanic economy slowly goes under.
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    Isn't that how he caught Bin Laden?
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    Rudy, really get your head out of the sand. It's been buried down there way too long with all the other weary kool-aid drinkers. 'Democrat Swamp Inspector' is spot on.

    June 8, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. Democrat Swamp Inspector

    Isn't that how he caught Bin Laden?
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    Yes, I'm sure Obama would have even had Bin Laden to the Whithouse for a state dinner. After all, before he was elected he wanted to have all of the worlds dictators in for some wining and dining. Then he would straighten them all out and the world would be all wonderful again. And we'd all live happily ever after... He would then walk on water into the sunset.

    And that concludes the Obama Fairy Tale (aka foreign policy).

    June 8, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. Stand Up

    Gee, do the Obama's every get tired of spending our money? Party here, party there. Vacation here, vacation there. Golf here, golf there. Photo-op here, photo-op there. Millions of us just wish we had some extra cash to go out to dinner every now and then. And the Obama's have to throw all their parties, golf and vacations in our faces.

    June 8, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. Mary Stevens

    Let's keep spending tax payer money! Party on... " Lack of LeaderSHIP" is sinking the USA.

    June 8, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. Joan

    Do the the folks who are criticizing this state dinner not realize that all presidents do the exact same thing when they are hosting heads of state from around the world? To do otherwise would be rude, show little class and give a very poor view of the United States to other nations. It is protocol and necessary. It is definitely not just a photo op or fundraiser. It seems that too many Americans spend all of their time in their own little world and think that it is the centre of the universe. You have to treat other nations and their leaders with respect if you want to be respected in return.

    June 8, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. John

    Hoover had state dinners as the Great Depression hit and went on... FDR had state dinners as WWII went on (by the way, much more costly and deadly for the US than Iraq and Afghanistan combined, but who is counting, huh?) Reagan had them during a pretty sharp recession near the beginning of his term as well.

    I say give him a pass on this one unless, that is, you're willing to hit every president all the way back for doing the same thing.

    June 8, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Interesting pictures. Too bad I'm not a comedian. Check 'em out, folks.

    June 8, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The German Chancellor could've dressed better for the occassion.
    The dinner was in her honor.

    June 8, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. EBC

    Haters love to HATE. That's their one and only priority because they can't do a better job, so all they do is complain, whine and bash President Obama.

    June 8, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |