President Barack Obama poses with leaders of Nordic countries before a dinner together in Stockholm. From L-R: Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Finland President Sauli Niinisto, Obama, Sweden Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, Norway Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and Iceland Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson.
President Obama at the Great Synagogue in Stockholm
President Obama talks with Foreign Minister Carl Bildt of Sweden during the arrival ceremony at Stockholm-Arlanda International Airport
….. speaking at the Great Synagogue and Holocaust Memorial
With Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Nina Lagergren, sister of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, viewing Wallenberg’s Swedish passport and samples of the many thousands of protective passports Wallenberg issued to Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary in 1944-45 at a ceremony in Stockholm’s synagogue
President Obama places a stone in memory of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg at the Stockholm Synagogue
The Press Conference (sound way out of synch, but the only complete video I could find so far):
President Obama listens to a question on Syria during a joint press conference with Swedish Prime Minister
President Obama is shown an example of a vehicle that uses fuel cells by Professor Goran Lindbergh during a tour of an energy expo at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm
President Obama, wearing a white yarmulke, listens to Nina Lagergren, 92, while looking over artifacts and personal possession of Raoul Wallenberg at the Great Synagogue and Holocaust Memorial of Stockholm. Nina Lagergren is Raoul Wallenberg’s half-sister
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Helloooooooo everyone. Well, I hoped WordPress would have glitch-a-rama fixed by the time I got back from being out and about
They say they are “currently experiencing issues” with the theme being used by this and a gazillion other blogs, so they’re having a bad day. “Our developers are actively investigating this issue and should have it resolved soon” …. so, we’ll see.
If it’s not fixed in the next while, I’ll just change the theme the blog uses and play around with it ’til it looks okay-ish. Worry not, all our posts are still there, the glitch is just preventing them from showing up.
AP: President Obama opens 3-day foreign trip in Sweden
President Obama is seeking to use a 24-hour visit to this Swedish capital to show a softer side of American diplomacy even as the world’s gaze remains fixed anxiously on Syria.
He intends to focus in the Nordic nation on climate change, trade and technology, a trio of issues on which there is broad consensus with European allies….
… Obama’s trip to Sweden will mark the first bilateral visit by a sitting U.S. president to the northern European nation. While in Stockholm, Obama will meet with Reinfeldt and King Carl XVI Gustav and dine with Nordic leaders from Norway, Iceland, Finland and Denmark. He’ll also stop at Sweden’s premier technical university to call attention to Sweden’s goal to phase out fossil fuels by 2050.
…. A sobering moment is expected Wednesday afternoon when he honors the late Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited for saving at least 20,000 Jews during World War II before being arrested by Soviet forces in 1945 and then mysteriously disappearing.
AP: Raoul Wallenberg’s family seeks Obama’s help to find out WWII hero’s fate
The family of World War II hero Raoul Wallenberg will ask President Barack Obama for help in their quest to find out what happened to the Swedish diplomat who vanished after being arrested by Soviet forces in 1945.
Wallenberg’s niece, Marie Dupuy, said that the family will present a letter to Obama at a memorial ceremony for Wallenberg that the president is set to attend Wednesday in Stockholm.
…. Wallenberg’s work as Sweden’s envoy in Budapest in 1944 was a cover for a humanitarian mission as secret emissary of the U.S. War Refugee Board, created in an attempt to stem the annihilation of Europe’s Jews. He saved at least 20,000 Jews in Budapest by giving them Swedish travel documents or moving them to safe houses and is also credited with dissuading German officers from massacring the 70,000 inhabitants of the city’s ghetto.
Wallenberg disappeared after being arrested in Budapest by the Soviet Red Army in 1945. The Soviets initially denied Wallenberg was in their custody, but then said he died of a heart attack in prison on July 17, 1947.