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the obama-arroyo meeting: arroyo says obama “cordial, warm, welcoming”; obama says “i’m sure she thinks i’m much younger than she expected”. huh?

July 31, 2009 Leave a comment

Pool was ushered into the Oval Office about 3:45 p.m. for statements by Obama and President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Philippines. The two leaders sat on flanking chairs in front of the fireplace.

 Obama praised Arroyo for her efforts to fight terrorism, and her help in dealing with the problems of Burma and North Korea. He noted the Philippines is hosting a conference next year on nuclear non-proliferation. “We’re going to have a busy agenda together,” Obama said.

He said the Philippines is a small country, but, to use a boxing metaphor, it “punches above its weight in the international arena.”

Arroyo thanked the U.S. for its “soft power” in helping the Philippines build roads, schools, and bridges. She said her country backs U.S. efforts in Burma and North Korea. Praised Obama’s plans to battle global warming, which threatens “disaster for our country.” She thanked Obama for his “new engagement in our part of the world.”

A Philippine journalist asked each leader his or her impression of the other. Arroyo called Obama “cordial, warm, and welcoming.”

Obama joked, “I’m sure she thinks I’m much younger looking than she expected.”

David Jackson
USA TODAY

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2009/07/68495803/1

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