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Namaste President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

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President Barack Obama inspects a guard of honor during his welcoming ceremony

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Wing commander Puja Thakur of the Indian Air Force leads the guard of honor

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First Post: Wing Commander Puja Thakur Leads Guard Of Honour for Obama, Scores A Win For Modi Govt

US President Barack Obama’s visit to India for the Republic Day parade is on the path of turning out to be a gigantic public relations success for the Narendra Modi government. Just two days after the Prime Minister launched the government’s ambitious ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign, the country witnessed the first guard of honour in the country’s history led by a woman officer. Wing commander Puja Thakur of the Indian Air Force led the guard of honour in the Raj Bhavan in what is being hailed as a inspiring move by the Modi government.

NDTV reported: “President Obama was given a 21-gun salute at the forecourt of the majestic presidential palace, after which Wing Commander Thakur walked him for the inspection of the Guard of Honour. She is the first woman officer to lead a tri-services Guard of Honour.” Thakur told NDTV that while she was proud of the fact that she was allowed to lead the guard of honour, she really hoped that the incident inspired more women to join the armed forces in the country.

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President Barack Obama pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat

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President Barack Obama folds his hands in a traditional Indian greeting gesture, as Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi laugh during a ceremonial reception at the Indian presidential Palace in New Delhi

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President Barack Obama bows as he participates in a tree planting ceremony at the Raj Ghat Mahatma Gandhi Memorial

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President Barack Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony at the Raj Ghat Mahatma Gandhi Memorial

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 President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have coffee and tea in the gardens of the Hyderabad House

U.S. President Barack Obama smiles during a meeting with his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi

President Barack Obama smiles during a meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee at India’s presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi

U.S. President Obama and India's PM Modi wave towards the media during a photo opportunity ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi wave ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House

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Al Jazeera America: Obama And Modi Announce Nuclear ‘Breakthrough’ During India Visit

U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a deal on Sunday aimed at unlocking billions of dollars in nuclear trade, a step that both sides hope will help establish an enduring strategic partnership. The two countries reached an understanding on two issues that, despite a groundbreaking 2006 agreement, had stopped U.S. companies from setting up reactors in India and became one of the major irritants in bilateral ties. “We are committed to moving towards full implementation,” Obama told a joint news conference with Modi after he arrived in New Delhi. “This is an important step that shows how we can work together to elevate our relationship.”

The new deal resolved differences over the liability of suppliers to India in the event of a nuclear accident and U.S. demands on tracking the whereabouts of material supplied to the country, U.S. ambassador to India Richard Verma told reporters. Signaling his determination to take ties to a higher level, Modi broke with protocol to meet and bear-hug Obama as he landed in New Delhi earlier in the day. They agreed to a number of financing initiatives aimed at helping India increase its use of renewable energy. On Monday, Obama will be the first U.S. president to attend India’s Republic Day parade, an annual show of military might long associated with the anti-Americanism of the Cold War, and will host a radio show with Modi.

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U.S. President Barack Obama stands next to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they leave after giving their opening statement in New Delhi

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President Barack Obama delivers a toast a State Dinner hosted by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the presidential palace, in New Delhi, India. President Obama’s arrival Sunday morning in the bustling capital of New Delhi marked the first time an American leader has visited India twice during his presidency. President Obama is also the first to be invited to attend India’s Republic Day festivities, which commence Monday and mark the anniversary of the enactment of the country’s democratic constitution

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Shaking hands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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President Barack Obama receives a scarf from a member of parliament

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama laugh with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as she goes through the receiving line

U.S. President Obama talks with Kal Penn as Obama participates in a receiving line before a State Dinner at the Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace in New Delhi

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First Lady Michelle Obama chats with President Pranab Mukherjee

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Performers are seen on stage during a cultural performance for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

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159 Responses to “Namaste President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama”


  1. 10 dee
    January 25, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Congrats and good afternoon!

  2. January 25, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Beautiful journaling Nerdy.

  3. 15 susanne
    January 25, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    good morning! did i miss anything? 🙂

  4. January 25, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Thank you ,,…thank you so much …NW….

    thank you so much for the ever loving work that you do for us here in the Village…without you and Ms chips we would be in the dark… whenever i am away from or that i cannot access the computer…i feel so disconnected..i want to know not just what the President and first lady are doing but clarity on the issues of concern….

    i cannot being to tell you how grateful i am …how blessed i feel to be a member of the TOD Village…along with hf, df, bob, amk, viki, vc, 99, don, japa and countless others.

    bless you, NW

  5. 18 Don
    January 25, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    I love this post! the pictures are spectacular. I didn’t know that Nancy Pelosi went on the trip.

  6. January 25, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    A goooooooooorgeous round-up of the day Nerdy, thank yooooooou Legend!

  7. January 25, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    I am loving FLOTUS Dress….she looks beautiful! i have always love that style of skirt…alas i am too hippy for that amount of volume….

  8. 23 CEB
    January 25, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Been busy for most of the weekend and just checking in to enjoy India with the Obamas. Thanks so much Chips for once again being the best tour guide ever.

  9. January 25, 2015 at 3:34 pm

  10. January 25, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    I have never, ever envied the First Lady’s clothing. I lust after every one of Michelle Obama’s outfits. Every.Single.One.

  11. 30 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 3:40 pm

  12. January 25, 2015 at 3:41 pm

  13. 33 susanne
    January 25, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    breaking news!! i found an article about pbo’s work in india on a usa news website!

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/01/25/379711749/president-obama-welcomed-to-india-with-a-significant-hug

    • January 25, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      Susanne, you just found a needle in a haystack!!! 🙂

    • 37 jackiegrumbacher
      January 25, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      Good for you, Susanne. I think you deserve a prize for finding that rare gem.

    • 39 0388jojothecat
      January 25, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      BREAKING NEWS…USA covered PBO trip to India on their online site in hopes no one would know..someone named “Susanne” on a OBOT website The Obama Diary alerted it’s almost 30 million readers…the MSM is doomed. 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Thank you Chips, Nerdy, Dudette and all
      others for bringing us PBO and FLOTUS historic trip and I thank the Indian press and
      people for giving our president the respect he
      hardly gets at home. I don’t even bother to
      watch teevee news and L.A. Times is always
      a day or two behind TOD in covering the news.

  14. 42 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 3:56 pm

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  16. 44 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 4:05 pm

  17. January 25, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    And congratulations, vetivera!

  18. January 25, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    As always, great coverage, Nerdy.

    Afternoon, all.

  19. January 25, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    I have a serious question.

    Do PBO’s trips to Europe get more coverage in US media than his trips to, shall we say, browner parts of the world?

    • 52 idon
      January 25, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      Good questions, epsecially since 85% of the world is brown.

    • 53 arapaho415
      January 25, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      Only if the MSM can sneak in a war-related question.

      IIRC very little press coverage of PBO’s trips anywhere except to whine about Israel, Iraq, Iran, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Al-Qaeda, ISIS, etc.

      This trip seems particularly egregious because I heard Major Garrett’s report from India on CBS network news which claimed “no major accomplishments.” Will have more to say on this topic later today.

      OTOH, heard that 60 Minutes is interviewing the Cleveland PD chief tonight, so finally the lazy MSM is catching up on domestic events.

  20. 54 carolyn
    January 25, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Just checking in, been busy all morning. Thank you Chips and Nerdy for this marvelous coverage. I have to say, I would love to see Michelle’s dinner dress in person, to get the full effect of that beautiful fabric. It looks like silk. The large pattern looks so elegant on her tall graceful body. I bet the colors are glorious in person.

    So glad we have had PBO for six years. He has had so much work to do, both domestically and internationally. Like someone said, he is cleaning up the messes from Reagan onwards. I think we northern European types need to accept that the majority of the world does not look like us. POTUS and FLOTUS fit in with more of the world than people like me do. That is a very good thing for us. What other president would ever learn Hindi for a trip to India???!!!! He is grace and class personified.

  21. 56 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    LOL! Too cute! 🙂

  22. 64 Nena20409
    January 25, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Brava! Brava! Brava! 🙂 Sweet Post, NW. Brava!
    Au ⭐ to Vetiveria24.
    Now back to catching up….
    I just saw this and it reminded me the number of comments by Amk
    On Monkeys 😉

  23. 70 susanne
    January 25, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    nyt has a front page article:

    ‘ President Obama swept aside past friction with India on Sunday to report progress on climate change and civilian nuclear power cooperation as he sought to transform a fraught relationship marked by suspicion into an enduring partnership linking the world’s oldest and largest democracies.

    Kicking off a three-day visit rich in symbolism and pageantry, Mr. Obama emerged from hours of discussions with his counterpart, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with what he called “a breakthrough understanding” to finally overcome years of deadlock that have prevented American firms from building nuclear reactors here, a key goal of the trip. ‘

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/26/world/asia/obama-lands-in-india-with-aim-of-improving-ties.html

  24. 71 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Hey you losers! Reuters gave the President 50 seconds. So shut-up ya bunch of whiny babies! 😀

  25. January 25, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Wonderful recap NW!

    How it is playing in India:

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  26. 80 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    First Bill Nye, now this.
    The Upside: Maybe all the noise about deflated balls and the ensuing investigation will inspire some young scientists! 😀

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  28. 82 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 4:41 pm

  29. January 25, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    SUPER round-up, Nerdy! You’ve shown us in great detail what a sensational trip this has been.

    TODers should definitely have WH press credentials. Especially when I read that The Daily Beast was credentialed for this trip.
    TODville does a MUCH better job of informing and illuminating. But we already knew that.

  30. 85 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 4:44 pm

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  32. 87 africa
    January 25, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    If I miss a day, I know I can get caught up here.

    Thanks, Chips and NW for the excellent reporting on PBO’s India trip.

  33. 89 jacquelineoboomer
    January 25, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    NW, thanks so very much for this lovely post! Would never have known Nancy Pelosi was with the President, were it not for you! So glad to see her, all of the colorful traditional dress in the photos, the respect shown by both leaders to each other, the tribute to Gandhi, and – obviously – our gorgeous President and First Lady representing us in India! And everything I didn’t list.

  34. 91 Vicki
    January 25, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Delicious round-up, Nerdy. Thank you.
    Is there a list of who accompanied The President and First Lady to India? Yesterday I saw that Kal Penn is along and today i see Nancy Pelosi in the photo up top.

  35. 93 Nena20409
    January 25, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Lovely and quite an accomplishment for a 4 yrs old.

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  38. 96 Nena20409
    January 25, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    On Tuesday, Fareed Zakaria(sp) is interviewing POTUS in India.
    CNN would have it on New Day.

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  40. 99 Nena20409
    January 25, 2015 at 5:01 pm

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  42. 101 Nena20409
    January 25, 2015 at 5:04 pm

  43. 102 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    All kinds of badass!

    • January 25, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      YES! Thank you Dudette. When they broke into the Star Spangled Banner, my eyes welled up. High joy to see the vibrant expressions of respect and paying of tribute, richly deserved, to our President, and to see their eagerness to welcome him and FLOTUS, to show honor and hospitality with heart and dignity. And BADASS is right, for WIng Commander Thakur!

      • 105 Dudette
        January 25, 2015 at 6:12 pm

        I welled up through out the whole thing as if she were my little sister. My sister served on Honor Guard for the U.S. Air Force during her 26 yrs in service. I’m so proud of her. Proud of Wing Commander Thakur. Proud of how wonderfully our President and First Lady represent us. What a great day it’s been watch them. I’m so grateful to share the experience of following them with our TOD family.

    • January 25, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      This is SO SO SO all kinds of WONDROUS. Wow.

    • January 25, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      2 things…the obvious swag of our President…. smilin….

      and where was the Mr Baldy of the Secret service…i did not like the President standing there by himself…i know he was near…but i always feel better when i see him near our President

      • January 25, 2015 at 5:53 pm

        Same here. He hasn’t been very visible on this trip after the deplaning. I know the highest top security has been implemented but still.

        • 109 forus50
          January 25, 2015 at 6:03 pm

          Yeah, I’ve have been reading on the internets about Modi and it’s interesting; he’s described as a right wing extremist who was banned for 10 years from visiting the U.S. by the State Department for his alleged complicity in ethnic riots in 2002 that left thousands of Muslims dead in his home state. It sounds like he is a bit like a republican Bill Clinton; charismatic, smart and calculating and willing to compromise his values where it feeds his ego.

          I think POTUS sees him as maleable and therefore will be trying to get him to support his foreign policy initatives during his term as PM.

          • 110 forus50
            January 25, 2015 at 6:06 pm

            not sure why this showed up here. It was supposed to be down in the discussion of PM Modi’s handshake with POTUS.

  44. January 25, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Stellar, breathtaking reporting on POTUS/FLOTUS magnificent visit to the gracious, warm-hearted, beautiful nation of India, NerdyWonka. We are so blessed to have you on The Beat. The only “White House Press Corps” doing the actual job (and doing it brilliantly) : NW, CHIPS, TOD!

  45. January 25, 2015 at 5:27 pm

  46. 116 jacquelineoboomer
    January 25, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    CNN, with no airplane tragedy to report on 24/7, is now questioning the fact that (they say) “although no U.S. President has ever attended an Auschwitz anniversary,” in a tan suit or not, it appears President Obama isn’t attending because he’d either rather go to Saudi Arabia or he’s punishing Bibi. False equivalency prevails. There are no words.

    • 117 jackiegrumbacher
      January 25, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      When this gibberish starts from the media, they’ve either not gotten their latest GOP talking points or decided to make up little fairy tales all on their own. The are hopeless, JOB, and about as informative as howling monkeys.

      • 118 jacquelineoboomer
        January 25, 2015 at 5:33 pm

        Sometimes I switch to CNN on weekends, if they’re not doing a cooking show or a re-run of a crime show, to see if there is ANYTHING they’d be reporting on actual, insightful “news.” I am ALWAYS disappointed. So thankful God invented HGTV!

  47. 119 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      • January 25, 2015 at 5:39 pm

        be sure to click on ‘CC’ 🙂

      • January 25, 2015 at 5:47 pm

        But aren’t Tsipras’ hands tied as well? Greece needs capital to fix their economic woes. Where does he get it if he decides to leave the eurozone. If he stays he still has Merkel, Germany and the troika to deal with. Like his predecessor he doesn’t really have much leverage to get them to change their minds.

        I’m just trying to sort thru this and I’m really not sure what his other options are. Samaras was by and large saying a lot of the same things in 2012. Two years later he couldn’t get Merkel to budge. Like it or not she’s the one running this austerity show.

        • January 25, 2015 at 6:00 pm

          His only leverage, DerBingle, are the Greek people, and others throughout the Eurozone, who resonate with his message of restoration of democracy, anti-oligarcy, redistribution of wealth, and a focus on human dignity. He is not advocating leaving the Eurozone, but radically changing it.

          In any event, it’s going to be most interesting to follow.

          • January 25, 2015 at 6:06 pm

            That’s pretty powerful stuff I grant you that but how does he use it to break the Merkel stranglehold particularly since he doesn’t want to leave the eurozone? Is it a matter of building a coalition with other countries to force her hand? It does seem as if he has some built in allies in this fight.

            • January 25, 2015 at 6:12 pm

              Bobfr thank you for the video below I’m going thru it now.

            • 127 forus50
              January 25, 2015 at 6:15 pm

              That’s what I’m wondering. She’s going to be there until 12/31/17.

            • January 25, 2015 at 6:22 pm

              Merkel and the banker oligarchs cannot risk a default in Greece because it would trigger likely defaults in Spain, Portugal, ….. So, if Tsipras can organize massive mobilization behind specific reforms, not the least of which is reformation of privatization that has undermined the Greek economy, he could establish a basis for negotiation to establish what the legitimate debt of the country is and a mechanism for settling the debt.

              Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal … going to be a lot of interesting times ahead for Europe especially since Merkel, Cameron, & Hollande now have the opportunity to nurture relations with reasonable folk in those countries rather than the ultra-right, flat out Nazi, fascists that Putin is nurturing in each of those countries as well as in Germany, France, Italy, … everywhere in Europe.

  48. 132 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    I just keep reading this and smiling 😀

    “A great showman, Mr. Modi broke protocol and welcomed Mr. Obama as he stepped off Air Force One in New Delhi Sunday with a hearty handshake, a big hug and another handshake. Then he got ahold of the U.S. president’s right hand with his left and held on for an unusually long time…
    … As the handholding dragged on, Mr. Obama tried to counter by putting his other hand over the hand he had lost to Mr. Modi and give it a good solid “this is the last shake” shake, but the enthusiastic Mr. Modi did not let go for close to 30 seconds….
    …After the shot of the Obamas and Mr. Modi waving to the crowd and more of your standard hand shaking, Mr. Modi got ahold of Mr. Obama’s right hand again, but this time for only around 10 seconds….
    …Unless he wants to distance himself from Mr. Modi, President Obama should not be worried, anyone that has good friends in India knows that a bit of lingering hand holding is just a way to show affection, not unlike grabbing someone’s shoulder after a handshake and shaking it to demonstrate you are particularly happy to see them…
    ..Mr. Modi and Mr. Obama still have two full days to build on their bromance. We’ll see how the United States responds.”

    http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2015/01/25/modi-shakes-obamas-hand-and-doesnt-let-go/

    • 133 forus50
      January 25, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      I’m still wondering where PM Modi lines up with POTUS on economic and social issues as I thought (though not sure) that amk was not pleased he won the election.

    • January 25, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      I totally noticed that PM Modi seemed to want to hold hands with POTUS indefinitely.

  49. January 25, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Thanks Nerdy for such a fantastic post! 🙂 Between you and Chips, we have such excellent, unparalleled coverage of our President’s trip abroad. I won’t ever take this for granted!

  50. 137 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    If you’re in the path of this storm, please be prepared and take care!

  51. January 25, 2015 at 6:03 pm

  52. 153 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Tiny distraction

  53. 154 sjterrid
    January 25, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Thank you NW and Chips for your always extraordinary coverage of the President when he goes overseas. Your coverage of this Indian trip has been superb. I no longer bother to go to any other source for news. I know I will find it here.

  54. January 25, 2015 at 6:53 pm

  55. 158 HZ
    January 25, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Chips, and NerdyW., you both give me so much joy when I come into the TOD Village. I feel like I am present with our brilliant President and First Lady in their ceremonies and travels. {{{{{{{{{{{ Lots of loving hugs for always to both of you who give all of us these great journeys filled with so many beautiful photos, lovely headlines, and great space for excellent and respectful interactions with our comments. Thank you, Chips and Nerdy W. I love you both dearly. My special angels. My heart is full of thankfulness for all that you do. HZ


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