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07/31/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

En Route To Germany, Obama Praises Petraeus And Crocker

In advance of his Thursday address in Berlin, Obama chats with reporters on the plane, Carrie Budoff Brown reports:

Asked if he expected a million screaming Germans, as some of predicted, Obama said:

"I doubt we are going to have a million screaming Germans. Let's tamp down expectations."

He continued:

"I did not realize - my staff just told me the space is bigger" than he'd first realized, he told the press, who asked if that was a bad thing.

"It is a potentially bad thing," he said to laughs. "We are sort of on the high wire. I was like, 'I'm sorry, how many does this accommodate?'"

ALSO, more praise for Crocker and Petraeus.

On Ambassador Crocker: "A real unsung hero in this whole process. Incredibly savvy, but humble and self effacing."

Petraeus: "An extraordinarily capable person."

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