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President Obama Heads To Siberia Next Year. No, Really

President Obama, seen here at this year's APEC meeting in Honolulu, is scheduled to go to Siberia for next year's, just weeks before the general election. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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President Obama, seen here at this year's APEC meeting in Honolulu, is scheduled to go to Siberia for next year's, just weeks before the general election.

Charles Dharapak/AP

President Obama just finished hosting the APEC summit in Honolulu. Next year's summit is being hosted by Russia, near the city of Vladivostok. Which is to say, in the fall of 2012, President Obama is headed to Siberia. A metaphor or perhaps an omen?

The exact dates of the summit are September 8th and 9th. It's hard to imagine him traveling halfway around the world in the final weeks before the election. But it's also hard to imagine him skipping the summit since re-engagement with Asia is one of the centerpieces of his foreign policy.

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