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Obama gives Matteo Renzi the full White House red-carpet treatment

  • Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Matteo Renzi, Agnese Landini, White House
    President Barack Obama and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi stand on stage during a state arrival ceremony

    President Obama threw his support to Italian prime minister, Matteo Renzi, to overhaul his country’s political system and lift its economy, saying Renzi’s “bold”, “progressive” leadership was exactly what Europe needed at a time of soul-searching.

  • Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Matteo Renzi, Agnese Landini, White House
    Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Matteo Renzi, and Agnese Landini, wave from the Truman Balcony of the White House

    Obama invited Renzi to the White House for the final official visit and state dinner of his presidency, telling hundreds of spectators at the arrival ceremony: “We saved the best for last.”

  • Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Matteo Renzi, Agnese Landini, White House
    Barack Obama and Matteo Renzi stand on stage during a state arrival ceremony

    Renzi’s star treatment came just a few weeks before Italians vote in a referendum on constitutional reform that he has spearheaded. He has said he will resign if voters reject it.

  • Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Matteo Renzi, Agnese Landini, White House
    President Barack Obama, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi his wife Agnese Landini and first lady Michelle Obama, wave from the Truman ...

    “I mean, look at him,” Obama gushed. “He’s young, handsome. He’s put forth a vision of progress that’s not rooted in people’s fears, but rather in their hopes.“

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