Obama Visits Europe For G-20 Summit
POSTED: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 2:55pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:23pm
President Obama heads to Europe for G-20 Summit...
President Obama arrived in Britain Tuesday riding a wave of popularity back home.
His approval rating stands at 66% approval in a new Washington Post poll.
Obama mania was on display in Berlin last summer, with Europeans hungry for new American leadership.
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"The way Obama is trying to make progress is essentially by leading by example, as he has himself stated, and this, I think, is the best way the United States can regain its moral authority," noted the Brookings Institution's Eswar Prasad.
First on the Obama European tour agenda is the economic crisis.
He'll attend a meeting of the G20 wealthiest nations.
Meanwhile, Republicans in Washington are pressuring the President to dial back his budget plans.
"I would hope that the G20 summit would talk about fiscal responsibility and how to address not only the economy but this explosion of government spending all around the world," said House Minority Leader John Boehner.
Other issues to be discussed include North Korean and Iranian nuclear weapons.
Mr. Obama says he's willing to talk to Tehran, and Secretary of State Clinton says the Iranians reached out to her deputy.
It was a small chat with a big meaning.
"It was cordial, it was unplanned and they agreed to stay in touch," Clinton later said.
Russian President Medvedev is also reaching out.
In an op-ed piece he wrote "President Obama...deeply impressed me" and the Russian offered to "restart our cooperation".
Still, this tour is not shaping up as a week long Obama lovefest.
America is blamed by many overseas for causing the world economic crisis.