First Lady Michelle Obama (wearing Naeem Khan) arrived to greet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer at the North Portico of the White House in Washington, DC, on June 7, 2011 for the State Dinner. Obama warned Europe's debt crisis must not destabilize the global economy, as he laid on a lavish and warm White House welcome for Merkel. Obama said he and Merkel had extensive talks about the plight of debt-stricken Greece, which needs a second huge financial bailout, despite some reluctance from some eurozone members to stump up fresh funds.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stood alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband, Joachim Sauer, in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, DC, June 7, 2011, prior to a State Dinner.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, first lady Michelle Obama and U.S. President Barack Obama took part in an arrival ceremony at the White House June 7, 2011 in Washington, DC. Chancellor Merkel is on an official visit to Washington with bilateral meetings and a joint press conference with Obama.
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