President spends Thursday morning chatting on the phone with thirteen of his counterparts...
"Since Tuesday evening, the President has been receiving messages from his counterparts around the world congratulating him on winning re-election to a second term in office," the White House announced on Thursday, and advised that in the morning the President "was able to return some of these messages personally, by phone." The President spoke to thirteen well wishers, including British Prime Minister David Cameron, with whom he has something of a longstanding bromance. (Above, swapping beers during a World Cup bet in 2010)
"In each call, [the President] thanked his counterpart for their friendship and partnership thus far and expressed his desire to continue close cooperation moving ahead," the White House said.
"The President appreciates all of these messages and looks forward to continuing to work with all of his fellow leaders to address the serious challenges we face together in the world."
In addition to Cameron, the President also spoke with Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia; President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil; Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada; President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia; President Mohammed Morsi of Egypt; President Francois Hollande of France; Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany; Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India; Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel; NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen; King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz of Saudi Arabia; and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.
The President returned to the White House from Chicago on Wednesday, and had no public events on his schedule for Thursday.
*At top, the President and Prime Minister swapped their beers during a bilateral meeting at the G20 Summit in Toronto, Canada, Saturday, June 26, 2010. Photo by Pete Souza/White House.