President Obama took German Chancellor Angela Merkel to dinner last in Georgetown and today he will welcome her to the White House. Her visit includes a South Lawn arrival ceremony, an Oval office bi-lat, an East Room presser and a formal State Dinner tonight.
The full schedule is after the jump.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - After spending a quiet weekend in Washington, including a round of golf on Saturday, President Obama faces a busy week ahead at the White House - a week in which he'll focus attention on issues overseas. The president will host three international leaders, discussing a variety of issues, ranging from the world economy to military operations in Libya and Afghanistan to Africa.
On Monday, there are no public events scheduled for the president. President Obama will hold his monthly meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan with his national security team.
Washington (CNN) – It's the ultimate intersection of power and social connections. In a town where as much is accomplished in a social setting as behind a desk, Washington power brokers should take note: the Obama's are hosting a state dinner for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit in June.
The White House notes the historic significance of Merkel's visit, the first by a German head of state is nearly 20 years. That last state visit was in 1992 by then German President Richard von Weizsäcker, just two years after the fall of the Soviet Union and the reunification of Germany. Merkel herself grew up in East Germany. She won the 2010 Medal of Freedom and President Obama will award it to her during the June visit.
But there's is also the undercurrent of world events on the agenda including Germany's reluctance to join NATO allies in instituting a no-fly zone over Libya. The White House announcement of the German visit said the two leaders are expected to discuss "Afghanistan, the Middle East, Iran, and on promoting human rights and global economic stability and growth." FULL POST
(CNN) – In Mumbai, India, we saw first lady Michelle Obama play the tambourine, dance, and even kick off her shoes to play hopscotch with children. In New Delhi, India, she toured the National Handicrafts and Handloom Museum with children and checked out textiles and necklaces at the crafts center. She put some stylish outfits together, too.
We've been sharing these moments throughout the trip but check out this video by CNN.com producer LaTrina White, which includes highlights from India but also the first lady's Veterans Day surprise to troops in Germany.
Washington (CNN) - Some 200 service men and women stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany were greeted by a surprise server at a Veterans Day meal Thursday – first lady Michelle Obama.
"We are so grateful to all of you," she told the troops and their families. "Not just our service men and women, but their kids, wives, husbands and parents."
Delivered before bilateral meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul, Republic of Korea
PRESIDENT OBAMA: It is a great pleasure to have a chance to meet with Chancellor Merkel. Not only do I have great personal admiration for her, but obviously the strong alliance between our two countries is one of the cornerstones of prosperity and peace not just in the transatlantic relationship but in the world.