Obama off to G-20 in London

President and First Lady Obama leave for London.
President and First Lady Obama leave for London.

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.

More on the Web

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.