Obama arrives in France Thursday for G8 summit.
Pool Report 7
President Barack Obama walked back from a lunch with leaders of G8 member countries at Villa Le Cercle on a blustery and rainy day in Deauville, France. Obama waved to the crowd. The group walked up a long red carpet to the Centre International de Deauville for the First Working Session of the G8 summit.
The Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, the European Union President, Herman Van Rompuy, and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev led the pack. They were followed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron. Behind them Obama, who waved to the crowd, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso.
There were no remarks.
Pool Report 6: The G8 leaders walk from lunch to a G8 working session —
With all the flags of the G8 countries lining the street and flapping in the strong seaside wind, President Obama emerged from the working lunch with the other G8 leaders.
The leaders walked on a red carpet– and behind them was a “G8 France 2011” sign with pictures of all the G8 country’s flags.
Uniformed guards in ceremonial gear – with swords and gold hats lined the red carpet.
At first the president walked with the president of the European Commission Barroso, the two leading the others.
Obama pointed and waved as he stepped down a few steps. And as a French photographer shouted “Mr president” the president said “bonjour!”
Obama and Sarkozy then walked together down the street, and the rest of the leaders followed.
A G8 rep was seen carrying many long umbrellas — folded and rolled up — as the rain held out at that moment when the leaders were walking.
We will drop this tape with the WH for feeding.