Behind the Scenes: The Obamas’ June Trip

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President Obama waves from the steps of Air Force One at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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President Obama meets with senior staff during dinner in Riyadh on June 3.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recounts a story to President Obama, Senior Advisors David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett, outside the Sultan Hassan Mosque in Cairo, Egypt on June 4.

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(left to right) Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, personal aide to the president Reggie Love, and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett take a ride on camels in Egypt on June 4.

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President Obama on a tour of the Pyramids of Giza with senior staff in Egypt on June 4.

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President Obama on a tour of the Pyramids and Sphinx in Egypt. At center-right is the hieroglyphic that the President commented on saying it looked like him.

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President Obama tours the Pyramids and Sphinx with Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass (left), Senior Advisor David Axelrod and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (right).

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President Obama, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, and National Security Council Chief of Staff Mark Lippert, background, glance out the window of Air Force One.

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President Obama signs the ‘Golden Book’ with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Dresden Castle in Germany on June 5.

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The place setting for President Obama prepared for a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Dresden Castle.

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President Obama is interviewed by Tom Brokaw at Zwinger Palace in Dresden.

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President Obama is interviewed by Tom Brokaw at Zwinger Palace in Dresden.

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President Obama, with Holocaust survivor Elie Weisel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bertrand Herz, places a rose on a memorial plaque during a visit to the former Buchenwald concentration camp on June 5.

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President Obama poses for photos before departing from Ramstein Airbase in Germany.

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President Obama talks with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Senior Advisor David Axelrod during the flight to Caen, France on June 6.

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President Obama works with Jon Favreau, director of speechwriting, on the President’s Normandy speech aboard Air Force One.

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in Caen, France and are greeted by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy on June 6.

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama meet former Senator Max Cleland of Georgia before the ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, on the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings on June 6.

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President Obama greets his great uncle Charles Payne and his wife Melanie, who is reacting to seeing First Lady Michelle Obama, before the ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

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President Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy greet delegation and family members as First Lady Michelle Obama and French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy chat in Caen.

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President Obama speaks with Prince Charles prior to the ceremony in Normandy on the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

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President Obama gives a ‘thumbs-up’ to a group of World War II veterans sitting behind him on stage following his speech at the 65th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Normandy.

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President Obama lifts a baby while meeting the staff of the U.S. Embassy at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Paris, France, on June 6.

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President Obama and White House staffers aboard Air Force One look at Reggie Love’s photos of Egypt.

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President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Malia Obama watch as Sasha Obama lights a candle in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on June 6.

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President Obama tours the Centre Pompidou modern art museum in Paris.

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President Obama points out a landmark to daughter Malia while touring the Pompidou Centre modern art museum.

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President Obama talks with aides outside the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Paris before returning to Washington on June 7.

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