But for the staff and press traveling with the first couple, such a journey is more grueling than glamorous.
A behind the scenes look
Q How are you, Robert?
MR. GIBBS: Tired. How are you?
Q About the same.
MR. GIBBS: If I could figure out how to get more than about three hours of sleep I’d be set.
Q Are you having trouble sleeping or you just don’t have time?
MR. GIBBS: A little bit of both, but it’s as much -- it’s as much just your sort of clock gets all off.
Q The press corps takes Ambien for that.
MR. GIBBS: It’s one of those things where I could probably sleep for a little bit -- I could sleep probably better at some point during the day than I can at some point during the night, so it’s sort of a little maddening. But it’s all good.
And, as Gibbs says, in the end it is good. Those traveling with the president may be tired, but they are getting a first hand glimpse of history unfolding. The Obama's European travels continue through Sunday.