For Obama, state visits prove to be complicated affairs

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Erik Goldstein, College of Arts & Sciences

President Obama has had more than his fair share of headaches when it comes to hosting state visits…

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“It was to be a thank you to France for France’s role in a number of international arenas. I suspect President Hollande wanted a high profile visit showing him the most powerful person in the world, because of being at the bottom of the polls in France in all polls since polling began. I don’t think anyone anticipated his personal life to hit the media in quite the way in did.”

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