I can’t embed the videos but I’ll post links as they appear.

Air force One landed in Australia barely 30 minutes ago – the schoolies have already lined up to shake his hand.

From Channel 7 News:

President welcomed to Parliament House
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US President Barack Obama has arrived at Parliament House to be officially welcomed at a ceremony on the forecourt.

Mr Obama’s motorcade arrived about 4:30pm (AEDT) with the president in his personal, bomb-proof transport vehicle, known as ‘The Beast’ after a brief stop at his hotel to freshen up.

He was greeted again by the Governor-General Quentin Bryce and Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

There was a 21 gun salute as helicopters hovered overhead.

Gun smoke fanned the forecourt.

The US and Australian national anthems were played as the president stood on the dais in front of the army, navy and air force servicemen and women from the Federation Guard.

He was then invited to inspect the guard and the military band.

US President Barack Obama has arrived in Australia.

Air Force One touched down in the national capital Canberra about 3.10pm (AEDT) – 15 minutes ahead of schedule for his first official visit.

The president smiled and waved as he descended the steps from the specially fitted out Boeing 747 jumbo at the Fairbairn defence establishment.

He was greeted by Governor-General Quentin Bryce, Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Australia’s ambassador to the US Kim Beazley and the US ambassador Jeffrey Bleich.

The visit comes as security tightens in the national capital, with key roads closed and US Secret Service agents supplementing a bolstered federal police presence.

Mr Obama, America’s first black president, will meet Julia Gillard, Australia’s first female prime minister, at Parliament House before holding a joint media conference and attending an official dinner.

The president will use a speech to a joint sitting of parliament on Thursday to thank Australia for 60 years of friendship through the ANZUS alliance, and spell out America’s renewed focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

Ms Gillard and Mr Obama also are expected to spell out the broad details of a new agreement for US Marines to conduct training and exercises with Australian forces based in Darwin.

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