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President Obama announces nuclear weapons reduction after meeting with Putin

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President Obama traveled to Berlin Wednesday and some persistent problems were there to greet him.

He wanted to lay out a vision for global harmony.

But he was forced to confront more questions about N.S.A.snooping, arming Syria's rebels, and the fight for peace in Afghanistan.

Five years ago, candidate Obama wowed a crowd of 200,000.

This time, 4,500 heard him call for a sweeping reduction in U.S. And Russian nukes.

"So long as nuclear weapons exist, we are not truly safe," Mr. Obama told the crowd.

His message of global unity, though, was met with some skepticism.

"It's kind of, I think it's basically the same every time," said spectator Warina Berger.

Under fire for the N.S.A.no-longer-secret information gathering programs, Mr. Obama had to publicly explain himself to Germany's president and people.

"This is not a situation where we are rifling through the emails of German citizens or American citizens," the President said.

He downplayed afghan president KarzaI's threats to pull out of peace talks with the Taliban, and congressional pressure from fellow democrats who want him to arm the rebels in Syria.

The President agreed it's time for action.

"We want to end the bloodshed, he said.

But wouldn't say what he'll do and when.

For President Obama it was a trip to Berlin that echoes history overshadowed by current events.

With the July fourth recess looming the President is hoping to refocus on immigration reform and regaining traction here on Capitol Hill.

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