New Delhi: It is the first time when any President of United States had attended the Republic Day Parade of India. It is the magic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had had invited President of US Barack Obama with her wife Michelle Obama who had not only attended the Parade of Republic Day but also cheer up the people and performers.
PM Modi broke protocol and received President Obama at the airport, greeting him with a hug.
Chief Guest of event Barack Obama had given a Thumbs Up to the motorcycle stunt riders from the Border Security Force, called India’s Daredevils at the Republic Day Parade.
His wife Michelle Obama applauded for the bikers and also when the armed forces put up a spectacular air show to end the show.
A loud cheer went up as the US president alighted in the Delhi drizzle from his special car, called the beast. A poster in the crowd read “We love Obama.” He is the first US president to be chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations.
President Obama and Michelle Obama watched the display of India’s military might and cultural diversity along with PM Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee from a salute dais erected behind a special bullet-proof enclosure, amid unprecedented security.
The main theme of 66th Republic Day was of women’s power or Nari Shakti and for the first time all-women contingents from the three services marched down Rajpath.
Four helicopters with the tricolour and the flags of the three services flew over a wet Rajpath as the two-hour parade began. Tanks and missiles rolled by and columns of soldiers marching in perfect precision followed; and then there were colourful floats and performances by school children.
NSCPress which had been run by President Obama’s National Security Council tweeted, “Impressive display by#India’s all-women military contingent in the Republic Day parade.”
America’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice tweeted, “#India’s amazing diversity is on full display at today’s Republic Day parade.”