Inside Barack Obama’s trip to Australia on a private jet: Former US president meets with Anthony Albanese ahead of speaking tour
- Former US President Barack Obama has arrived in Sydney
- He touched down with wife Michelle for a speaking tour
- The president met with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese
Barack Obama has met with Anthony Albanese and the US Ambassador to Australia a day after the former US President arrived in Australia for a speaking tour.
The 44th President of the United States and his wife Michelle Obama touched down in Sydney via a private jet on Sunday night before they were whisked 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, outside a hotel on a rainy Monday morning.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese then hosted Mr Obama at Kirribilli House.
The pair were all smiles as they posed together for the camera by the harbour while holding black umbrellas amidst the drizzle.
Barack Obama has met with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese after the former US President arrived in Sydney
The president, along with his wife Michelle, flew into Sydney via a private jet on Sunday night
‘Honoured to welcome President @barackobama to Sydney,’ Mr Albanese wrote in a post to Twitter.
The president and his wife are in the country for his ‘An Evening with President Obama’ speaking tour, which will be held at the Aware Super Theatre on Tuesday night.
He will then jet down to Melbourne for another appearance at John Cain Arena on Wednesday.
The president will speak about leadership and global challenges with former Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, who will also moderate the event.
Tour organiser 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 more secure at home and more respected around the world,’ the description read.
‘There’s no leader better equipped to share their experience, unique strategy and wisdom on the changing face of leadership.’
Mr 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 speak about leadership and global challenges with former foreign minister Julie Bishop
The president and his wife were whisked away in a motorcade with a police escort after they touched down
Ticket prices range from $195 for a standard seat to $895 for a ‘platinum package’.
A platinum ticket includes priority seating, designated entrance, one hour pre-event cocktail party, a copy of Mr 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 sitting of federal parliament in Canberra after he was invited by then=prime minister Julia Gillard.
In his speech, president Obama spoke about the importance of the asia-pacific region.
Mr Obama served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017.