President and Mrs. Obama in Europe

I’m very interested in President Obama’s first trip overseas as president, visiting England, France, Germany, and the Czech Republic. I believe he’s visiting Turkey also, but for some bizarre reason I can’t find a detailed itinerary anywhere. I’d love a link if someone has one. I’m also interested in what Michelle does and how they’re both presented and perceived. I would be very grateful if people could provide links to articles, interviews, editorials, opinion pieces, photos and videos of both during the trip, just to try to keep it all in one place, so I can refer to this thread in the future. Anything and everything, serious or trivial, would be very appreciated. Especially since I’m going to be very busy at work the next few days and won’t have much time to look around and gather information myself. I know I’ll miss a lot without your help. THANKS in advance!

Here’s an article from the Guardian to start things off. It starts out fluffy but gets more serious.

Prospect of Barack Obama show causes UK to clear its decks

Hmm, I’m the only one interested in the Obamas’ (Obama’s?) visit to the UK and Europe?

I just got home from work and a quick look brings up these articles:

From the BBC, an itinerary:

Obamas Arrive In London, First Leg Of Europe Trip (VIDEO, SLIDESHOW)

President Barack Obama flies in to fortress London for G20

In a blaze of dazzling light from above, disciples witness the First Coming of Obama
Fluffystuff:

Michelle Obama Travels In Style, Channels Jackie Kennedy (PHOTOS)

Transatlantic Transformation! Michelle Obama Steps Off Plane In London Wearing Different Outfit (PHOTOS)

There are various things here, though I don’t know if it will stay the way it is. Probably not.
Here’s a bunch of photos.

PHOTOS British Newspaper Front Pages (April 1)

Yes, I’m interested, too. Hope the trip goes well for him, and for the U.S. generally.

I’ll happily wave if he comes near me.

But the mood here (and elsewhere no doubt) is that Bush fckd up so badly that there’s going to be a long period of suffering.

I’m afraid you’re right. In any event, here’s the Times’s slideshow: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/template/2.0-0/element/pictureGalleryPopup.jsp?id=6014090&&offset=0&&sectionName=PoliticsG20

I just want to know what the parting gifts will be.

I just love this photo of the Obamas meeting the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Talk about a contrast!

The queen is so teeny teeny tiny! She only comes up to Michelle’s shoulder or so. I think it’s adorable.

Has anybody else kept hearingRainbow Tourever since the tour was announced? (As an Obama supporter who sees no parallel twixt Michelle and Evita I don’t know why I keep hearing it but I do nonetheless.)

I didn’t realize that Prince Philip was so short!

I hope they have a good (and safe) trip.

I was irked at both sides on the Gordon Brown DVD gaffe: whoever handles etiquette for the White House dropped the ball (the gift exchange really isn’t something an incumbent president [with less a full plate than a smorgasbord] would know) and Brown for letting it be known they were for the wrong region (that’s like letting your aunt who lives on the opposite coast know the sweater she gave you shrank after one wash). Hopefully it’ll be better with the queen, but there really is a “what the hell do you give her?” Nude pics of Bradgelina? The name of the guy who ran down Diana (though she probably knows that from his secret OBE ceremony)? Give her back North Carolina for one month?

I think I’d give her, on permanent loan, some commemorative from the state visit of the Prince of Wales’ Albert [who’d have been her great-grandfather, Edward VII] visit to the U.S. (1859 IIRC- first visit of English royalty to the US), or some not of particularly great historical interest letter from the archives from Churchill and FDR perhaps as a “UK, you’re our boo” gesture. Or some personal belonging of Obama’s mother or grandparents (doesn’t have to be heirloom- a knick-knack or trinket that could be displayed in a museum at some point- or pick up something at Big Lots and tell her it was your grandmother’s favorite candy dish).
Commission a slightly edgy (but on the most conservative possible side of edgy) portrait juxtaposing the queen in her youth with (a particularly flattering rendering of her as she is) today by an American artist of some renown as old people tend to like things that allude to when they were not old people.
Or perhaps a gift card to Cracker Barrel as old people also love to eat dinner at 4 p.m. without spending money.

The queen’s ultimate gift to the Obamas of course would be a Corgi.

The gym had scenes from the photo op on CNBC this afternoon. As I was watching Prince Phillip just running his mouth, I couldn’t help but play Fill In The Gaff.

Yay! Thanks for the slideshow Elendil’s Heir and the photos of the Queen with the Obamas SaharaTea. I am interested in all the wonky political stuff President Obama is up to, but as a perfectly shallow person too, I’m besotted with Michelle, her intellect, her strength, her compassion and yes, her wardrobe.

Bigger versions that I just found of the visit with the Queen and Prince Philip (I think the slip showing was intentional)

Sleeveless in London (same outfit, with the sweater off)

I Pod for the Queen

Michelle visiting Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in London.

Hillary’s in London too. She looks like one happy, healthy and in-her-element Secretary of State!

I like Michelle’s sparkly J Crew cardigan. Already sold out too.

A high-tech gadget popular with teenagers: the perfect gift for an 83 year old woman.:smiley:

Of course an 83 year old multibillionaire whose 40 homes aren’t much behind the Smithsonian is difficult to shop for, something akin to a more ladylike version of Dom Deluise and the treasure bath in HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART 1.

It looks as though Prince Philip had another foot-in-mouth moment:-

http://blogs.news.sky.com/boultonandco/Post:005f9ab3-4a64-4e0f-93fa-b71d88325944

*Then the President told the Royals: "I had breakfast with the Prime Minister, I had meetings with the Chinese, the Russians, David Cameron…

“And I’m proud to say I did not nod off in one of the meetings.”

A guffawing Prince Philip then blurted out: “Can you tell the difference between them?”
*

the queen wore just the right colour. the pink really looks great against the charcoal and black worn by hubby and the obamas.

charles marrying diana really threw some height into the family.

Ah, who needs Joe Biden when you’ve got Prince Phillip? On the CNBC feed yesterday, I saw Philip laughing and the Obamas looking vaguely uncomfortable.

BBC journo Nick Robinson dropped a bombshell of a question at yesterday’s Brown-Blair press conference, stating the Gordon Brown had essentially blamed the economic crisis on America and asking whether this was correct. (The look on Brown’s face at that moment was priceless, BTW).

Left to decide whether to let America accept the blame or embarrass his host (who was standing right there), Obama trod the middle ground:

Nice save.