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. Charlie in Maine

    We have to remeber that the Bush Error was awful not only for the US but for the rest of the world as well. We have a lot of fences to mend.

    God Speed Mr. President

    March 5, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. mike

    That will be the only time the market will go up.......

    March 5, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Len

    Looks like "simp" can't tolerate other peoples' observations.

    Michelle ought to stay home and take care of her little girls. Hubbie can do fine on his own in the wide-wide world.

    March 5, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. cedgar

    No I do not think the Republicans care. President Obama does
    not run the country Nancy & Reid do. So he will not be missed.
    But on Brian Crooks point-The truth hurts!

    March 5, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. Rick

    He's running away from the country in its time of need to hobnob with European snobs…

    March 5, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. No Hillary = No Obama

    Ok – so far we have seen these two in poses, magazines, in front of the spotlight more than behind a desk, smiling and strutting. Obama comes across as someone who is used to being self-indugled and the Presidency will allow him to give in to his every whim. I thought someone who runs the country should look more affected by the turmoil, the decisions – not this guy.

    March 5, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Hall for Obama

    Adam, did you tell Mr. Gordon Brown and his wife that they was treated poorly because I watch his speech and he look so happy and gave a beautiful speech on how happy he was to be able to work with President Obama. Where did you get your information?

    March 5, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. Cynthia - Arkansas

    They will represent us well! God Bless President Obama and his beautiful family. I am so proud of them!

    March 5, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. Brian Crooks

    cedgar: Pelosi and Reid amount to one vote apiece. That hardly means they run the country. Please provide some evidence next time you make an ad-hominem argument.

    March 5, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. lost hope

    Just another distraction from the mess he's making.
    He will go down in history as an incompetent President.

    America will wake up and the 'love' will turn into hate since he doesn't know what he's doing. But then again what do you expect from a 'Community Organizer'?

    March 5, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. shannon

    will all the problems be solved here at home by then....great!

    March 5, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  12. bradley

    who does he think he is the president. oh thats right he is, you idiots just think he should go to crawford

    March 5, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Doug

    Negativity is what cost the republican party this election and it'll cost us again in the next one. I have been a republican for as long as I can remember and I am bored to death of people being so negative on both fields, I wish they'd just get rid of the titles already so people are forced to think a little bit before they vote.

    March 5, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  14. George P. Anderson

    I think it is necessary for Obama to go to the G-20 summit and hopefully get some good ideas to help our economy. Perhaps if France says to do something he will listen because he is not listening to Americans.

    March 5, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. Ken

    This is starting to look like a circus and not a President that is concerned for the American people!

    I would hope that he would start fixing the mess that we are in and to stop Congress from filling EVERY SPENDING bill with such PORK as this last one!

    March 5, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  16. Wade

    Good... and maybe while he's gone he'll talk about something OTHER than the economy.

    Every time he opens his mouth about the economy, the market tanks.

    March 5, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  17. peakarack

    I think Michelle and the rest of her families need to stay there for good. hahaha!!!!!

    March 5, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. NoLeftTurn

    Who cares anymore, Brian. He is going to do whatever he wants to do. No matter what condition our economy is in, he is going to have his rock star crowds. I have finally just given up. I have served my country, worked all my life, never took handouts from the government and now my opinion does not mean crap. If others want to save our country, fine. If not, let it go down the drain. I have had it with all politicians.

    March 5, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. Rob in Ark

    What about the carbon foot print they will be leaving ? Come on Barry, use modern technology. Don't be a globetrotter like Bush !!!!!

    March 5, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  20. lb

    get him out of the country where he can't sign any bills and do what he does best.....smooth talking bull. I just hope he doesn't sell out our country to others interests.

    March 5, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  21. chris

    And the reputation of the good ole USA will take a much needed leap forward in the positive direction when the trip is complete.

    gobama, roll tide

    March 5, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  22. Soccer Nana


    You need to stop listening to the lies Fat Boy Limbaugh tells. He never tells the truth; you are the kind of people who listens to messiah Rush.

    The Obamas are millionaires and they are "A" listers socially; they know the appropriate social etiquette.

    March 5, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  23. Proud Soldeirs Mom

    Why not, the Obama's want to get an idea of how they want the USA to be like. It's a learning trip.

    March 5, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  24. chuckles199

    he looks like a dwarf standing next to her.

    she's his beard.

    March 5, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  25. sniffthese

    back to the mutha land.....

    March 5, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
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