Fw: Travel pool report #6

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From: Jaffe, Greg [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Sunday, June 07, 2015 11:40 AM
To: Allen, Jessica
Subject: Travel pool report #6

President Obama arrived in Krün around 1045 am. The little Bavarian town square was packed with people enjoying a perfect s
Early summer day. Lots of traditional attire.
The German and an American flag hung from two flag poles. There was a smattering of applause as the president greeted Merkel with a hug and kiss on each cheek. Chancellor Merkel was wearing robins egg blue. Obama had on a Navy suit. He shed his jacket on the warm day.
They both signed the village's golden guestbook. It was his second book of the short day.
Merkel spoke first saying she hoped the president could enjoy some Bavarian culture before they do some hard work. She made brief references to occasional "differences of opinion" between the two countries but described  the US as an "essential partner."
Obama spoke next. "I have to admit I forgot to bring my lederhosen, I'll have to see if I can buy some while I'm here."
He listed the issues they'd be discussing  at the summit: global economy, trade and "standing up to Russian aggression in Ukraine."
The summit comes 25 years after the reunification of Germany and 70 years after WW2.
"The fact that all of us are here today is proof that wars can end," Obama said.

Obama stopped to drink a beer, flanked by two guys wearing the big plumed Bavarian hats. He ate a big pretzel and some kind of schnitzel. There was lots of clinking of beer glasses. The pool, which was being held a short distance away missed the festivities.
Asked about the beer as he was leaving the town square Obama said: "It was a very fine beer. I wish I was staying."

Greg Jaffe
The Washington Post
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