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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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Papandreou Wins Greek Elections, Gains Majority

Greek Socialist Party leader George Papandreou, bottom right, is greeted by supporters

Greek Socialist Party leader George Papandreou, bottom right, is greeted by supporters

ATHENS, Greece – Two years ago, when George Papandreou led Greece’s Socialist party to its worst election result in three decades, he was widely derided as an ineffective politician.
The son and grandson of Greek prime ministers, Papandreou was seen by critics as a pale shadow of his dynamic and charismatic father, Andreas Papandreou, who founded the Panhellenic Socialist Movement party, or PASOK, and led it with an iron fist to three election victories from 1981-1993.


Now, at 57, Papandreou has come into his own after leading his party to a resounding victory over Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis’ conservative New Democracy.
Many consider this more a rejection of a failed government than a personal endorsement of Papandreou, but he won Sunday’s vote by an unexpectedly wide margin and a secure parliamentary majority.

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