Photo Gallery: Obama, the Ice-Cold Friend 10/24/2013
  Some diplomats are not surprised that the United States, under President...
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Some diplomats are not surprised that the United States, under President Barack Obama, has eavesdropped on its allies -- allegedly including Chancellor Angela Merkel. Observers say Obama has never placed much value on fostering personal relationships with other world leaders. Here, Obama greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Dresden during a June 2009 whistle-stop visit to Germany. German diplomats wanted to get photographs of Merkel with the US president in front of cheering crowds, but the White House declined.