Merkel Says Obama Had 'Significant' Role in Working Out Opel Deal German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in Berlin that she spoke with Obama on Friday, and that he played a significant, though unspecified, role in working out a deal to preserve automaker Opel and much of its German-based operations and employment. A White House official confirms to FOX that Obama called Merkel on Friday and that the talks were "constructive." The official adds Obama made no commitments of U.S. tax dollars to make the Opel deal work. Merkel Says Obama Had 'Significant' Role in Working Out Opel Deal - Political News - FOXNews.com Is anybody on the left fed up yet???