U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes German President Joachim Gauck at the White House where both men acknowledge the bonds between their nations. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday (October 7) welcomed the German President at the White House where both men acknowledge the bonds between their nations, as Germany celebrates 25 years since its reunification. Obama commended President Joachim Gauck's "extraordinary life" and his role in making Germany unification happen. Gauck is a former Lutheran pastor from East Germany who played a prominent role in the peaceful protests there that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. He said his visit comes at the age of 75 and that within his lifespan the United States has twice "expressed their strong support for a positive development of Germany," in an apparent reference to German unification as well as World War II, which Gauk said was a "vast defeat that then turned into a liberation for the country".