President Obama’s procession of vehicles drive from Arlanda Airport to Stockholm City
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All times US Eastern:
4:10 AM: President Obama arrived in Stockholm
7:20 AM: Holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Reinfeldt of Sweden
8:30 AM: Holds a press conference with PM Reinfeldt
9:30 AM: Participates in a celebration of Raoul Wallenberg and delivers a statement
10:40 AM: Tours an Energy Expo event
1:05 PM: Accompanies Nordic leaders for a family photo
1:15 PM: Attends an official dinner with Nordic leaders
11:0 ET: Bill Clinton speaks about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act from Little Rock, Arkansas – Live here
1:45 ET: Vice President Biden Swears in Tom Perez as Secretary of Labor
Here’s where you can get the latest on President Obama’s trip to Sweden and the G-20 —> http://t.co/YS5KMXhzXo
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 3, 2013
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.
Full post here
… with Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt
…. with Swedish Ambassador to the U.S. Jonas Hafström on his arrival at Stockholm-Arlanda International Airport
There’s a live blog (in English!) on President Obama’s visit to Sweden here – and one of their reporters is live tweeting:
President Obama himself! http://t.co/b7JZfPepM7—
TheLocal/Oliver (@TheLocalSweden) September 04, 2013
And here’s his editor:
David Landes (@DaveLandes) September 04, 2013
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.
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From April, 2012:
God mooooOOOOOOoooorgon – see what I did there?
We’ll catch up with ‘non-Swedish’ news later in the day, just wanted to get your Swedish (very early) morning started.
Have to go out and about for a few hours soon, so won’t be around for the news conference – but will see ya when I get back and we’ll have a photo and video or two.