US President Barack Obama’s three-day visit to the country for the Republic Day celebration has come to an end with his last engagement, addressing people at Delhi Siri Fort today.
While Barack Obama and Michelle left to Saudi Arabia today by Air Force One, here is some of the interesting facts in regard to his visit.
• Obama’s security was an issue between US security agencies ahead of the President’s visit as India has denied many of their requests including the demand of a ‘no fly’ zone over Rajpath on Republic Day.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke protocol to receive the Obamas at the airport on Sunday and greeted POTUS with a hug.
• Obama became the the first US President to attend the Republic Day parade in Delhi. Obama watched the parade with Mr Modi inside a bullet-proof glass enclosure.
• While an American President spends a maximum of 45 minutes in an open platform, Obama spent over two hours at Rajpath on Republic Day, which marked the longest time a President spent in such a platform ever.
• Obama used famous Shah Rukh Khan dialogue, “Senorita, bade bade deshon mein” and received huge applause from people during his speech at Delhi Siri Fort today.
• While addressing the gathering during his last day event, Obama began his speech with “Namaste” and concluded with “Dhanyawaad,” for which he received warm applause from the gathering.
• Obama’s visit to Taj Mahal has been cancelled as he schedule a visit to Saudi Arabia, where he is likely to pay his respect to King Abdullah, following his death.
• “Farewell! Your visit has taken India-USA ties to a new level & opened a new chapter. Wish you a safe journey.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
• Ahead of Obama’s visit, about 15,000 newly installed closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed at various places at the national capital.
• 100 Banarasi sarees- handpicked, finest hand woven blends of silks, gold and silver sarees that will cost between 50,000 to few lakhs have been presented as a gift to Michelle Obama.