Daily Archives: March 9, 2010

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Help Celebrate Greek Independence Day

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President Barack Obama (C) delivers remarks marking Greek Independence Day with Archbishop Demetrios (L), Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, and Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou in the East Room of the White House March 9, 2010 in Washington, DC. Obama hosted the Greek Independence Day celebration two weeks ahead of the actual date, March 25, due to his upcoming trip to Asia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle hosted a reception at the White House in honor of Greek Independence Day. President Obama met with Prime Minister George Papandreou before the reception began.

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Papandreou Says Meeting with Obama was Successful

President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou during an event celebrating Greek Independence Day n in the East Room of the White House March 9, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America)

Greek USA Reporter~Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou expressed his absolute satisfaction over the results of his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday afternoon, since not only did he find understanding regarding proposals on the joint handling of profiteers, but secured the visa waiver for Greek citizens visiting the United States as well which, as the prime minister said, President Obama decided on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters, Papandreou termed the visa waiver “a vote of confidence” to Greece and noted that the Greek government is determined to respond to its obligations and cooperate closely at international level on the tackling of terrorism.

I briefed President Obama on the state of the economy in our country and on the determination that we showed in taking difficult measures,” Papandreou said, underlining that with the institutional changes being promoted by his government not only in the economy but in other sectors also such as education, health and public administration the country is entering a course of sustainable growth and is becoming competitive and attractive.

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First Lady Michelle Obama met with Mrs. Ada Papandreaou, the First Lady of Greece on March 9, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Meets Prime Minister George Papandreou of Greece

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) and Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou shake hands while speaking to the media after a meeting at the State Department on March 8, 2010 in Washington, DC. Prime Minister Papandreou and Secretary Clinton spoke about relations between Greece and the United States and the current economic situation in Greece. Tomorrow the Prime Minister is scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America)

AP~The United States says Greece is not looking for any specific help from Washington in solving its financial crisis. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke Monday after she discussed the crisis with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou. The Prime Minister says Greece is exploring ways within the European Union of improving Greece’s borrowing prospects.

Clinton said: “Neither the prime minister nor Greece has asked the United States for anything.”

But both officials said they discussed the need for major economies to implement financial reform and clamp down on speculators. Greece blames speculators for exasperating Greece’s financial problems and benefiting from a decline in the euro.

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