Obama, Merkel Dine in Georgetown

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    President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel swung by 1789 Restaurant in Georgetown. (Published Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011)

    President Barack Obama and Germany's leader dined out in Georgetown Monday evening, a day before an elaborate official dinner is to be held at the White House.

    Aides said Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel met at 1789 Restaurant in Washington's historic Georgetown neighborhood, a gourmet establishment modeled after an elegant country inn.

    The private dinner adds a personal touch to the pomp of the German leader's official visit, an unusual gesture that underscores the importance of the relationship with Europe's economic powerhouse.

    The 56-year-old Merkel is the first woman and the first East German to lead a unified Germany.


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