French president Sarkozy rolled out all the pomp possible, with a red carpet arrival for US president Obama, with full military honors from a company of soldiers at the majestic 18th-century Rohan Palace, once home to the bishops of Alsac. The visit will be much watched, especially for the encounter between their wives, Carla and Michelle, who were to share a sumptuous lunch prepared by a two-star chef while the presidents met.
Obama will use a U.S.-style town hall meeting with French and German youths in Strasbourg later today to appeal directly to the European public for support for the Afghan mission after which Obama will be heading to Germany to meet with Chancellor Merkel who is co-hosting the 60th NATO meeting with Sarkozy. .
Canada’s prime minister will arrive later in the day and would, I expect be given an agenda of when the official photo opportunities will take place and a map showing where the various facilities are located.