WASHINGTON — Nearly 17 years after the last dinner for a leader from
Germany, the White House was readying an elaborate, red-carpet welcome Tuesday
for Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Her visit will literally begin with a bang – a 19-gun salute on the White
House South Lawn to herald the arrival of someone President Barack Obama says is
a “trusted global partner.” It will end with the most elegant evening the U.S.
puts on for a foreign leader, a black-tie dinner.
It’s all being done to highlight Germany’s growing importance in world
affairs – and to the U.S.
Merkel is the first European leader to receive such treatment from Obama and
White House officials say the visit was arranged to highlight the close working
relationship she and Obama have developed.
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