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What We Learned on Obama's Spring Break

By Ben Pershing
It's a travel day for President Obama, and unlike normal people, he won't be able to write tomorrow or the next day off to jet lag. While many Americans chose to spend their spring break in warmer climes like Arizona or Florida, Obama picked the more unusual itinerary of Britain, France, Germany, the Czech Republic and Turkey and, as best we can tell, spent no time at the bar or by the pool. What did we learn from Obama's European sojourn?

• He is unafraid to reference his Muslim roots and upbringing in a Muslim country. If Obama goes to Kenya and tells residents that he was born there, then we'll know that he really has no fear of the conspiratorial blogosphere.

• He is afraid, or at least too cautious, to use the word "genocide" in Turkey.

• He can still attract a massive crowd.

• He is a potential target.

• He has not figured out the secret formula for dealing with North Korea. But neither has anyone else. That's why it's called "secret."

• He can make the occasional verbal gaffe, and few people will care.

• He is well-liked by European leaders -- even the Queen! -- but not so much that they want to send a lot more troops to Afghanistan.

• His gift-giving prowess remains in question. Next time, he should just give cash. Or order something off the registry.

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Posted at 8:26 AM ET on Apr 7, 2009  | Category:  The Rundown
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Jimmy Carter should be proud of his Muslim clone.

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