Rich Galen

After he finishes in Cairo, the President is moving on to Germany for a visit to Germany where, again according to the Washington Post, "he will visit the former Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp and pay tribute to the victims of the Holocaust, and then visit the Landstuhl medical facility, where American troops abroad are treated."

Following that, Obama will join French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in Normandy to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the invasion of Europe.

It is not only the U.S. President who is sometimes tone deaf (witness Obama's dinner-and-a-show trip to New York 48 hours before GM's lawyers went to court to declare bankruptcy). PM Brown was not going to go to Normandy at all because he said, in essence, he only attended anniversaries divisible by 10, not those divisible by five.

But, it was reported that (a) Queen Elizabeth was put off because she hadn't been invited at all and (b) Brown's advisors reminded him that a lot of British veterans of D-Day would not be alive in five years so he might want to change his mind.

Which he did.

So, off goes President Obama on a significant foreign trip which has a great deal of potential to become a significant foreign trip-up.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at