March 5th, 2009
03:31 PM ET
13 years ago

President, first lady to head to Europe in late March

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The first couple will visit four countries during their European trip."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will head to Europe at the end of the month, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced Thursday.

The first couple will visit the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and the Czech Republic on a trip from March 31 to April 5.

The president will visit Europe to attend the G-20 economic summit as well as a NATO event, Gibbs said.

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soundoff (166 Responses)
  1. Once you vote Black

    Wow, they will make the US look so good after so many years of the Bush mess.

    March 5, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Heidi

    Great Job to the President and the First Lady,

    I hope you have a safe and productive trip!! Keep up the good work both of you and continue to send a positive message to America and the world what non-whites in this country can accomplish.

    March 5, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. Brian Crooks

    Let's hear the Republicans say he's running away from the country in its time of need to hobnob with European snobs...

    March 5, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. Roger

    President Obama you deserve a vacation!

    But only if you get the dow down to 6000 by the end of March.

    Great Job!

    March 5, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. karen-Phoenix

    The whole world loves them!!! And are we sooo lucky God sent him to us!! We have this one chance to get ourselves out from under a very greedy mess. Lets listen to President Obama and his team. They really are doing their level best to get us and the world back on track!!
    WE NEED national health(to get our manufacturing base back), wind, solar(get rid of foreign oil) and good public education(to keep us with the World).

    March 5, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. ray ray

    GREAAAAT!!!! We're suffering under an economic firestorm and the Obama's are off for their European Vacation at the taxpayers expense??

    No doubt Obama will be getting much needed advice from other socialist leaders on how to run a socialist government.

    March 5, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Adam

    I wonder if they will be treated as poorly as Gordon Brown and his wife were when they came to America

    March 5, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. gerryluimes

    With E.U harmony under severe strain presently, a visit by the pres,and first Lady just might prove to become a much needed "purker -up" for the region,as well as deserved break for the First couple.

    March 5, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. Steph

    I can't wait to here the right wing nut jobs complain about a trip to the G-20 summit and a NATO event. If they can complain about a swing set for two little girls, they will complain about everything.

    March 5, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Have a safe trip Mr. President. Let the members of the G-20 know that we apologize for the last 8 years of Dubya and that CHANGE is here.

    March 5, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Sharon Northern Virginia

    Brian Crooks, let's get read to hear from the got that right.

    March 5, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. obama-mama

    I hope they have a fantastic time. Send me a postcard my beautiful family.

    March 5, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. jfs Memhis, Tn

    We will once again see how an AMERICAN Leader is received with respect and love. The last time I saw that was JFK and Reagan.

    March 5, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    European countries will embrace President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with open arms and I'm just loving it.

    March 5, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. RICO

    I can't wait to see what teh Repubs will say about this especially since Mrs Obama is going too. I'm sure they will say why does she have to go. Just to inform. in a lot of European countries, its considered polite to bring your spouse along with you on these kinds of trips, but i'm sure there's alot that are going to complain about it.

    March 5, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    They will be received like royality.

    March 5, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. Onigbese

    Its time to do some cleanup in abroad too

    March 5, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. Larry

    Save my 401K Plan Mr President it has lost 60% of its value and it keeps falling. MY brokers tell me your spending policies are killing the stock market.

    March 5, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. carlo

    Europe loves the Obamas. I'm glad they're getting away from a lot of the hate in the fringe parts of America for a little while.

    March 5, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. Little too late????

    Call it a 'fact finding' trip. Just how DO those Socialists REALLY do business...maybe he can turn the country around by jumping fully on board after seeing how 'the other side' lives...

    March 5, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. anon

    Sound off from the right wing nuts in 3.....2....1....

    March 5, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. Bafun

    may be the europeans are not snobs but have more brain than the republicans

    March 5, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. Elli251

    go obama's!!!!

    March 5, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  24. simp


    How do you know how PM Brown was treated? Were you there you idiot!!! I't amazes me how people like you always running your negative mouth. SHUT UP CLOWN!!!

    March 5, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. Reality Check

    And she has to go because why???? Is this the spring vacation she referred to regarding the dog? Oh, do we have to pay for the spring vacation, too????

    March 5, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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