Posing for Photo with Norwegian Royals, President Obama Expresses Chagrin at Media

Dec 10, 2009 7:35am

OSLO, NORWAY — In a wood paneled receiving room in the Slottet Royal Palace of Norway, President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama posed for pictures with His Majesty King Harald V of Norway and Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.

"Welcome," said King Harald.

"Thank you so much for having us," said the president, shaking his hand.

"Welcome to Norway," said Crown Princess Mette-Marit.

They began to pose for a photo but first lady Michelle Obama stopped the photo op for a second to brush lint off her husband's jacket.

"This is what…" the president began saying.

"…they are there for," finished the Queen, who said she wishes she were taller standing next to the first lady.

The Norwegian royals seemed surprised at the press scrum.

"Are you used to this?" asked the Queen.

"Unfortunately," said the president.

– jpt

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