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IN People ON 25 Jan, 2015
India invited US President Barack Obama as the Cheif Guest to its 66th Republic Day Celebration. Barack Obama is the only US President to visit India twice in his reign of service as a leader.
Obama graced the land of eternal bliss with the first Lady Michelle Obama, for a three-day schedule, at around 10:00 A.M, starting today. They are staying in the presidential suite of ITC Grand Maurya.
It has been said that US President, Barack Obama and PM Narendra Modi will sit down to discuss issues of climate change, defense, and economic ties.
Obama was given the guard of honor about which he says, "It is a great honor. We are so grateful for the extraordinary hospitality."
Obama and PM Modi are world's greatest leaders as of now. There are many expectations from this meet.
In his itinerary, RajGhat was a major landmark. Obama considers Mahatma Gandhi as his greatest idol. On being asked which personality dead or alive, would you like to dine with; Obama answered, "Mahatma Gandhi."
Following the day's event, this is what he wrote in the visitor's book at RajGhat.
A powerful photo.
Wing Commander Puja Thakur led the ceremonial guard of honour for US President Barack Obama at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Sunday. It is the first time ever that a woman led the guard of honor.
Wing Commander Puja walked with Obama for the inspection of the tri-service guard of honour. This comes as 'Naari Shakti' (woman power) is the theme for Republic Day parade this year where Obama is the chief guest.
What Dr Martin Luther King Jr said then remains true today. "The spirit of Gandhi is very much alive in India today. And it remains a great gift to the world. May we always live in the spirit of love and peace- among all people and nations."
"It's a great honor and privilege to visit Mahatma Gandhi memorial, who was a great person who inspired the whole mankind with peaceful means." During his last visit here in 2012 too, he had paid tributes to Gandhi at the memorial here."
From defense to nuclear projects, to becoming the permanent member of United Nations, there's a lot to be ponder over.
We wish that Indian and American times grow stronger with the time.