Inside Barack Obama’s private jet trip to Australia: Former US president meets Anthony Albanese ahead of speaking tour
- Former US President Barack Obama arrived in Sydney
- He landed with his wife Michelle for a speaking tour.
- The President met with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese
Barack Obama met with Anthony Albanese and the US ambassador to Australia just hours after the former US president arrived in Australia for a speaking tour.
The 44th president of the United States and his wife Michelle Obama landed in Sydney via private jet on Sunday night before being taken away in a fleet of cars with a police escort.
President Obama was greeted by the US Ambassador to Australia and John F. Kennedy’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy, after the motorcade stopped at a hotel.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese then hosted Obama at Kirribilli House on a rainy Monday morning.
The two were all smiles as they posed for the camera together by the harbor while holding up umbrellas.
Barack Obama has met with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese after the arrival of the former US president in Sydney
The president, along with his wife Michelle, flew to Sydney on a private plane on Sunday night.
“It is an honor to welcome President @barackobama to Sydney,” Albanese wrote in a post on Twitter.
The president and his wife are in the country for their ‘An Evening with President Obama’ speaking tour, which will take place at the Aware Super Theater on Tuesday night.
He will then fly to Melbourne for another appearance at the John Cain Arena on Wednesday.
The president will speak on leadership and global challenges with former Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who will moderate the event.
Tour organizer Growth Faculty said in the event description that attendees would hear Mr. Obama “discuss strength in leadership and explore techniques for navigating an unpredictable future.”
“In times of great challenge and change, President Obama’s leadership ushered in a stronger economy, a more equal society, a nation safer at home, and more respected around the world,” the description read.
“There is no leader better equipped to share his experience, unique strategy, and wisdom about the changing face of leadership.”
Obama met with the US ambassador to Australia and John F. Kennedy’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy, outside a Sydney hotel.
Mr. Obama is in the country for his ‘An Evening with President Obama’ speaking tour, where he will discuss leadership and global challenges with former Foreign Secretary Julie Bishop.
Ticket prices range from $195 for a standard seat to $895 for a ‘platinum package’.
A platinum ticket includes priority seating, designated entry, a one-hour pre-event cocktail party, a copy of Obama’s book ‘A Promised Land,’ and a commemorative lanyard and program.
President Obama’s last official visit to Australia was for the G20 Summit in Brisbane in November 2014.
He also visited in November 2011, where he addressed a joint session of the federal parliament in Canberra after being invited by then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
In his speech, President Obama spoke about the importance of the Asia-Pacific region.
Obama served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017.