Obama's Wants Afghan Help from NATO

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STRASBURG, France -- President Barack Obama is now in France shifting gears from the economy to foreign policy.

In the land of photo opportunitiess, Friday was reserved for French president Nicolas Sarkozy. He had some tough talk before the Obama's trip even began. On Friday, though it was a kinder, gentler picture.

Click the player to watch the report from CBN News White House Correspondent David Brody.

President Obama has come to France for the 60th anniversary of the founding of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO, but that is the fluff. The substance is a personal push to get more help from NATO countries for the war in Afghanistan.

More American troops have already been committed to the effort. While the president is unlikely to get extra troops from NATO countries, he may get increased humanitarian commitments.

As for commitments on the global economy, America and Britain wanted more spendiing by all their G-20 partners. They didn't get it.

A Breakdown of Obama's G-20 Scorecard:

*$750 billion for the international monetary fund to help the economies of poorer countries.

*$250 billion for global free trade.

*New regulations for hedge funds and sanctions for off-shore tax havens.

As for the future, French and German officials say they want to wait to see if the stimulus spending actually works. British and American officials say the full impact of this summit won't be realized until at least a year.

As for President Obama's desire to see countries spend more, it never materialized.

CBN News spoke with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs for a quick take on the president's goals for this visit.

"What America will see is their president getting the economy moving again and keeping them safe over the course of this week," he said. "I think it's important that the American people and quite frankly, the people understand that America is here to listen not to lecture."

That listening tour is now in France. There's even a sense of home and comfort for the president as he takes his town hall meeting style to the Europeans.

The White House believes this president's pragmatic approach and willingness to compromise will lead to substantial results down the road. His meeting with the Russian president may be exhibit A.

What remains unanswered though, is whether these same countries will take advantage of President Obama's new way of doing business. The Obama White House says they will not give up the store.

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