June 7 - U.S. President Obama welcomes Germany's Chancellor Merkel for a State visit at the White House. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama await the arrival of German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House. It is the first full state visit by a European leader during the Obama Administration. The two leaders greet members of each others delegation. Then it is a tour on the South Lawn of the White House of US troops. Ahead of remarks a historical display of the U.S. Military. In his welcoming remarks Obama speaks of the future in the context of the past. SOUNDBITE: U.S. President Barack Obama, saying (English): "And finally, as people imagine a different future, the story of Germany and our alliance in the 20th Century shows what is possible in the 21st. Wars can end. Adversaries can become allies. Walls can come down. At long last nations can be whole an they can be free." He also spoke of the change that the two leaders themselves embody. SOUNDBITE: U.S. President Barack Obama, saying (English): "Madam Chancellor, the arch of our lives speaks to this point. Neither of us looks exactly like the leader who proceeded us 9:42:24 but the fact that we can stand here today as President of the United States, and Chancellor of the Federation of Germany, is a testament to the progress and the freedom that is possible in our world. Merkel thanked Obama and spoke of Americans partnership with Europe. SOUNDBITE: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying (English): "In 2008, you spoke to more than 200,000 in Germany and in your address you said Europe has no better friend than America. Now it is my turn, Europe and Germany have no better partner than American. Thank you." The two leaders will meet behind closed doors where they are expected to discuss issues ranging from e-coli to Libya. Later on Tuesday, there will be a full state dinner at the White House and Obama will present Merkel with the "Medal of Freedom" -- the highest U.S. civilian honor. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters.