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. NoLeftTurn

    And to the idiot simp, do some research and you will find out exactly what Adam is talking about.

    March 5, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  2. Terry

    Why are all of you so negative? The Bushes travelled oversees many times, and I don't remember so much ruckus being made about it. You may not like Obama, but he is our president. Remember, many of us had to endure 8 torturous long years of Bush rule, but we endured it with dignity. Lighten up everyone!!

    March 5, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  3. cheryl brooks from cali

    They look so wonderful together hosting their guest and having fun at the same time.... We love First Lady and Mr President....

    March 5, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  4. Otto

    Here are a few stupid post; of course the parties involved must have a drug brain like Rush.

    Hey thanks lb,Rob,peacarack...boy; those names got be on half dead brain people.

    March 5, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. very nice

    enjoy some wine and nice sites

    March 5, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |





    March 5, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  7. Proud American

    Will something please send me the requirements for being a Republican? Really, just how stupid do I have to be?

    March 5, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. Leom

    I wonder what republicans will say next President Obama is scared ?that's why he's going to Europe ? Republicans had their chance to do good thinks and all they did is created a huge mess.

    March 5, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  9. Cali Girl

    lb March 5th, 2009 5:53 pm ET

    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.


    How ignor.ant are you lb?

    March 5, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  10. George

    Nice to see the first couple represent us outside U.S!

    March 5, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  11. Tim

    Tired of negative people.
    It is good to see a popular President represent us.......

    Go Obamas!

    March 5, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  12. James NG

    President Obama it's taken the challenge of running a country that coming out from the darkness with 8 years of Bush and his mafia ruined,,we have to change our language from negative to positive, change our manners and wake up to reality,,,there's to much negative talk and today we are in the best time to save our nation, to do something for our country and stop waiting that the government do everything for us.

    March 5, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  13. ed

    ok! He' running away from the county in it's time of need to hobnob with European snobs. the only thing I can say say is "Brits, Germans, French and Italians watch your wallets!"

    March 5, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  14. K3ndall

    lb March 5th, 2009 5:53 pm ET

    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.

    The pen is mightier than the sword. that's what democracy is based on, you say hot air. Politician call it a sales pitch. If you dont' understand politics shut up, makes u sound stupid. He's going to make the same pitch the the global economy that Brown did in our country to build confidence in the market, which will roll over to the global trade.

    Try to keep up next time

    March 5, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  15. Bud Burgoon-Clark

    Do you want America's reputation abroad restored or not? If yes, then sit down and SHUT UP.

    March 5, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. Debby

    Good maybe they will like one of those countries and stay there.

    March 5, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  17. Lori

    Great! Now all you critics.......I say thank you, because that what America is based on freedom...freedom of speech. Otherwise, we would be dealing with a King and Queen. Yikes. And isn't that what we fought to get away from in the Revolution. So keep up the criticisms and disagreements! I love it. Now.......we all know Obama will smooth some things over in Europe and rightfully so. Bush a bit over his head and trying to prove himself to Daddy and all ( watch the Bush movie..interesting). So do it up Obama...........America needs to reestablish it's glory and founding principles.

    March 5, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  18. Art

    I certainly am confident that President and Mrs. Obama will generate a lot of goodwill in the countries they wil visit. The USA certainly needs it after eight years of turmoil.

    March 5, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. Jon in CA

    Doesn't everyone just LOVE all the photos of Michelle and Barry living the high life??

    Big lavish parties every week. Flying back to Chicago on AF-One for a Valentine's Dinner. European red-carpet affairs.

    I hear Hugo Chavez loves his caviar too, while his people suffer the ills of a crumbling economy.

    March 5, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  20. ib

    I hope they like it so much they stay over there. Everytime Obama opens his mouth the stock market drops and so does your 401 plan. Think about it.

    March 5, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  21. G. Thing

    Go ! Go !! Obama

    March 5, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  22. brenda

    They are going to do exactly what I would do if I were in the position. I would travel at taxpayers expense, eat the best and finest foods, at taxpayers expense, have parties all the time, at taxpayers expense, be driven where ever I want to go, at taxpayers expense and then blame nancy and harry when everything fails (because it will). LET THEM EAT CAKE! Hahahahaha.

    March 5, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  23. Eric

    What, no stop in Portugal? They honor them by picking a Portuguese Water Dog as the "First Pooch" but can't stop there.. come on, it's on the way!

    March 5, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  24. Irving, TX

    I am very glad they are going...... this man has only been in office for a short time and people can't stop talking about him and what he is doing in 44 days.

    He is BLACK and you are mad..... a BLACK man is running the country and you have a problem with it.

    get over it and deal with it.

    March 5, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  25. Bernard

    President you are an extraordinarily great President for this country ever. I guarantee you already my vote foe the second term. God Blessing America with the new Era.

    March 5, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
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