Associated Press - March 31, 2009 8:43 AM ET
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama left for Europe Tuesday, packing a weighty agenda as he heads for critical economic and political talks in his first journey across the Atlantic since taking office two months ago.
Obama's focus: a G-20 meeting of the world's major economic powers and a NATO summit marking the 60 years since the alliance was founded to blunt Soviet aggression in Europe.
Accompanied by his wife, Michelle, Obama boarded a helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House under sunny skies shortly after 8 a.m. for the for the short flight to nearby Andrews Air Force Base, Md, and his takeoff.
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