Earlier President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden: Democrats’ spending plan is ‘a bigger goddamn deal’ than Obamacare stomping Harris for McAuliffe in Virginia Biden to stomp with McAuliffe Tuesday MORE paid tribute to outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she attended what was considered hers last Summit of the European Council this week.
“Very few political leaders can be counted on to put their principles above a narrow definition” of own sake. Your beloved German people, and the whole worlddo you owe something debt of gratitude for take the high ground for so many years,” Obama said in a prepared video message.
The German Social Democratic Party defeated Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union in an election earlier this year after the chancellor stepped down from her role after over 15 years.
Obama maintained a strong relationship with Merkel while in office, including awarding her the Medal of Freedom in 2010. She was the last foreign leader met who he spoke to when he was president before former President TrumpDonald TrumpHarris stomp for McAuliffe in Virginia on the money – Sussing out what Sinema wants Hillicon Valley – Presented by Xerox – The Facebook Oversight Board is not happy MORE was inaugurated in 2017.
In his comments, Obama praised her leadership in Germany and thanked her for her friendship.
“I was proud to honor you with a medal of Freedom for what your commitment to what the alliance between the United States, Germany and Europe can mean for the world. I had the privilege of drawing on your partnership in overcoming a series of crises facing U.S people’ said Obama in the video. “And I was happy to be your friend when I saw you drawing on good humor, wise pragmatism and an unrelenting moral compass in to make hard decisions over many years.”
— Charles Michel (@eucopresident) October 22, 2021
Merkel was also praised by European leaders, who spoke of her legacy as Chancellor of Germany, a position die she has clothed for almost 16 years old, and for be a European ally.
“Your style is your coolness,” said the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, during his speech. according to to The Guardian. “You are a monument.”
Michel complained that her anticipated absence from European Union summits would be difficult for it.
“[W]without Angela is like Rome without the Vatican of Paris without the Eiffel Tower,” Michel said, according to The Guardian.
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