Air Force one arrives in Canberra

The 44th US President Barack Obama has arrived in Australia. Welcomed by the Australia’s Governor General Quentin Bryce and Prime minister, Julia Gillard.

How much Obama has changed the perception of the US Presidency. His “not in your face” attitude and intellect has gone a long way to restoring respect and building friendship between Australia and the United States.

In the past I would have been willing to join the protesters but as I grow older I am able to distinguish between the individual and the office. I am still critical of US policy overall but less so since Obama has come to office. I sincerely wish him a pleasant stay in Australia and hope that he is able to pay many visits over his next term of office. He most certainly deserves to be re-elected.