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Obama says he's impressed by European leadership

Saturday, April 04, 2009

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STRASBOURG, France — 

President Barack Obama says political maneuvering in Europe is about the same as it in the United States.

He says there's a lot of "wheeling and dealing," too.

Obama spoke Saturday at a news conference after the 60th anniversary NATO summit in Strasbourg, France.

It was his first meeting of this kind as president.

Obama pronounced himself "extraordinarily impressed" by the quality of leadership he saw at the gathering.

He says he had built relationships with many of the European leaders present, either having met them before his election or on their visits to Washington.

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