A lot on their plates and we're not talking State dinner!
President Obama welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House Tuesday. (photo: Getty Images)
June 7th, 2011
11:27 AM ET

A lot on their plates and we're not talking State dinner!

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Washington (CNN)- German Chancellor Angela Merkel received an official welcome to the White House Tuesday morning in a ceremony marked by pomp and circumstance, a major honor for an ally who has differed sharply on key issues at times from her American counterparts.

The chancellor also will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, at a state dinner Tuesday evening.

Merkel, 56, dined privately with President Barack Obama at a Georgetown restaurant Monday night. The two leaders are likely to discuss a range of economic and security topics during Merkel's visit, including the turmoil in the Middle East and the shaky global economy.

"Our alliance at its core is a partnership between two peoples," Obama said. "The story of Germany and our alliance in the 20th century shows what's possible in the 21st. Wars can end, adversaries can become allies, walls can come down. At long last, nations can be whole and can be free."

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  1. Howard

    Another Michelle Obama opportunity to gorge herself with lobster, champagne, and pastry's, paid for by us poor (and getting poorer) taxpayers, while she lectures the rest of us on how we should be tightening our belts, and eating apple slices.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  2. Liz Carter in Georgia

    J-E-A-L-O-U-S, H-A-T-I-N-G, B-E-G-R-U-D-G-I-N-G HOWARD! Oh yeah, he repeatedly spews L-I-E-S too!

    June 8, 2011 at 12:46 am |
    • John

      Liz – I have seen many of your comments on this site and you resemble your comments.
      It is time to watch EVERY penny these people are spending. We have people like Vitter and Weiner in office and people try to defend them because people like you make the issues into Repubs vs. Dems. We need to stand together against what is wrong with these people and it begins at the top.
      The Tea Party have the right idea – but the lame stream media, who someone like Britebart is our producing, spews their crap and many people simply take on the party line.

      June 8, 2011 at 8:44 am |
  3. Liz Carter in Georgia

    John, you have a point but I personall don't care about Vitters' or Wieners' personal indescretions because I believe that if their wives can accept it or leave; it's their business! I felt the same about Woods and every othe dignitary or celebrity who made those stupid mistakes. Since I don't have a heaven nor a hell to put them in, I don't feel like the media! I don't feel like it's my business! I hope I do resemble my comments? I don't throw rocks and hide my hand. I defend dems, like others defend cons!

    June 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm |