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United States president Barack Obama has landed at Canberra's Fairbairn Airport for the start of his two-day visit to Australia.

Mr Obama was met by Governor-General Quentin Bryce, Prime Minister Julia Gillard, US Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich, Australian Ambassador to the US Kim Beazley and head of the Prime Minister's Department, Ian Watt.

Mr Obama was ushered into his waiting vehicle - an armoured limousine nicknamed the Beast - and is on his way to Parliament House in a motorcade.

Australian police are lined along the route from the airport to Parliament House, and during Mr Obama's stay two FA-18 Super Hornet aircraft will patrol above the national capital.

After his official welcome outside Parliament, Mr Obama will hold talks with Ms Gillard before a joint press conference scheduled for 6pm (AEDT).

Tomorrow morning he will lay a wreath at the Australian War Memorial before addressing a joint sitting of Federal Parliament, where it is expected he will make it clear that America is turning its focus towards the Asia-Pacific.

Mr Obama's visit coincides with the 60th anniversary of the ANZUS Treaty, the key security agreement between Australia and the United States.

It is a case of third time lucky after two planned earlier visits were scuttled; the first by political turmoil and the second by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
 

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That's a hell of a lot of expensive firepower (a carrier battle group) to send to an area whose last major war was fought against a stone-aged island people and have no threat against them. The President could have gone alone and rented a car. Now THAT would have been impressive.
 

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United States president Barack Obama has landed at Canberra's Fairbairn Airport for the start of his two-day visit to Australia.

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Hillary Clinton and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are also currently in Bangkok

Gee ya think they're drumming up support for the devaluing US$ - and their stance against Palestine - and an attack on Iran ie; an indirect confrontation with Russia and China ..offering up deals that they won't be able to pay off on ?


Here's a little foreplay for you..

"..Posted Today, 14:59
UN Sec Gen, Ban Ki-moon in joint press conference with Thai PM, praises Thai government's handling of flood crisis, assures UN ready to support Thailand.."









Duck and Cover ladies :eek:



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Beeg ones?
 
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