May 20 - U.S. President Barack Obama says there are still hard times ahead in Afghanistan but policy is on the right track. Rough Cut (No reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and reaffirmed the strategic partnership between the two countries saying that Afghan policy is on the right track but there will still be "hard times" ahead. Western allies are gathered in Chicago for a NATO summit to chart a path out of an unpopular war that has dragged on for more than a decade. The shadow cast by fiscal pressures in Europe and elsewhere followed leaders from Obama's presidential retreat in Maryland to the talks on Afghanistan, an unwelcome weight on countries mindful of dwindling public support for a costly war that has not defeated the Taliban in more than 10 years. The Obama administration has been seeking promises from its allies in Afghanistan to give $1.3 billion a year for Afghan forces. While there are few doubts allies will eventually provide support, it appeared unlikely heading into the summit that it would meet that goal by the end of the meeting.