India: Day One

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets the President and First Lady at Palam Air Force Station in New Delhi


Coming Up

6:45 PM (8:15 AM ET): The President and First Lady meet with Embassy personnel and families, ITC Maurya Hotel, New Dehli

7:35 PM (9:05 AM ET): The President participates in a courtesy call with President Mukherjee

7:50 PM (9:20 AM ET): The President and First Lady attend the state dinner, Rashtrapati Bhavan


Live streaming:

India TV News * NDTV * IBN Live





The visitors’ book at Raj Ghat: “What Dr Martin Luther King Jr said then remains true today. The spirit of Gandhi is very much alive in India today. And it remains a great gift to the world. May we always live in the spirit of love and peace –  among all people and nations.”


The menu for the State Dinner


President Obama pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat


Tea Time


131 Responses to “India: Day One”

  1. 1 jackiegrumbacher
    January 25, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Chips, just want to say that we are the luckiest people in the US for going on these trips with our President. You always give us a real time sense of what’s happening and it’s as close to being there as possible. None of us take this for granted because we know how hard it is to bring these great events to us and keep us informed. It’s a gift delivered daily and in case we forget to say it, Thank You, a million times over.

    • January 25, 2015 at 8:48 am

      Jackie, you’re a sweetheart, thank you sooooooooo much!!

    • 3 99ts
      January 25, 2015 at 8:56 am

      gm Jackie – endorsing your remarks 1000 times – not to mention that Chip’s mathematics of time worked perfectly for this trip!

    • January 25, 2015 at 9:04 am

      YES, absolutely. And it’s great fun with all you fellow travelers. We witness such greatness on all these trips, it’s stunning, really.

    • 10 sabreen60
      January 25, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      Afternoon Jackie (my part of the world). Congrats on #1 and you said a mouth full. Absolutely NO where else can we find such complete coverage of the President’s trips, but here at TOD.

      Thank you, thank you, thank you, Ms. Chips!

    • 11 mtmarilyn
      January 25, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      Thank you Jackie for saying what we all feel. We are so lucky. I so feel sorry for the rest of the country. They have no idea what is going on in the world that is good news for us.

  2. January 25, 2015 at 8:48 am

    G’morning Chips,TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats jackie on #1! What great coverage of #ObamainIndia – thank you Chips! Looking forward to seeing them at the state dinner 🙂 🙂

  3. 13 dee
    January 25, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Beautiful picture ,Love the outfit , Flotus! I love this site too!

  4. January 25, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips
    Thank you for this wonderful post!
    We would never know this is happening if you were not here.
    I feel sad and disgusted that this is not reported so that everyone can experience this historical trip.
    Thank you.

  5. 15 Vicki
    January 25, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Good morning TOD.
    Thank you to Chips for the extremely wonderful coverage of The President’s trip to India. I am in the process of catching up.

    We are the lucky ones. We have not succumbed to the sour cynicism of the WHPC and those who listen to them
    We see President Obama through clear eyes and so we can marvel at his grace and beauty.
    We are able to celebrate his accomplishments and successes without the ugly miasma of RW bias and hate.

    This trip, where we see Our President placing his hands in prayer position and saying “namaste” is no surprise.
    We recall PBO’s stated wish was that he could speak all languages.

    PBO is eager to enter the world of the people he meets. Open mind, beginners mind, open heart.
    This is in stark contrast to US bullies who demand that the way they see things is the only way that matters.

    We have a rare treasure in PBO. History will see that.

    • 16 Vicki
      January 25, 2015 at 9:44 am

      or, to put it another way—This is the same man who posed happily in a tiara with a group of young girls.
      This is the same man who greeted students in Cairo—so long ago now–with A Salaam Aleihkem.

  6. 18 99ts
    January 25, 2015 at 9:26 am

    WOW – cnn have just discovered that the President is in India – must have been that in depth question about India from Julia Pace that alerted them

  7. 29 PrayerWarriorforObama
    January 25, 2015 at 9:30 am

    A blessed Sunday morning to entire TOD family. Thank you Ms Chips for taking us to every habitable continent on this planet with our most esteemed leader, Honourable Barack Obama – Asia, Africa, Europe, South and North America and Australia. We do appreciate you bringing the world into our homes. You and the bts are simply awesome.

  8. January 25, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Hey guys, I’m suddenly receiving all posts via email. Anybody remember how to turn that off?

  9. 33 desertflower
    January 25, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Good Sunday morning!! Was catching up on all the things that I missed:) Chips, I agree totally with jackieg….we are so grateful to you for allowing us to go around the world with our President:) We couldn’t do this without you! Much love and thanks. Always.

  10. January 25, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Good Morning Chips & TOD family!
    I want to second and third what Jackie and others said this morning about your coverage of #ObamainIndia. You are just fantastic!! I knew when I opened my eyes this morning that I would see TheObamaDiary filled with pictures and information about our wonderful President and First Lady’s visit to India. I so LOVE this place!! Unfortunately I haven’t been able to spend as much time here or on Twitter as I have before. My body is rebelling against sitting here at the PC so long and I also have been quiet busy. Honestly I can get all the news I need right here in TOD. Next week I am do to go for Jury Duty. I hope they do not accept me. I usually like going but for so many reasons I don’t feel up to it at this time. So I hope they dismiss me 😉 I hope you all have a nice war Sunday. Thanks again Chips LOVE all the photo’s! Thanks to everyone else for supporting out Great Leader and being the BEST People anywhere!!

    • 36 arapaho415
      January 25, 2015 at 10:54 am

      GM Terri,

      Completely agree with JackieG — Chips’ non-stop, 24 hr, never-sleep, coverage of #ObamaInIndia is spectacularly unbelievable, and such a wonderful way to savor a Sunday morning. PBO’s foreign trips are such an education, and seeing the citizens of other countries is such a treat!

      I wish that all courthouses in the country were like mine — where jurors aren’t treated like criminals — after you check in (takes about a half an hour, including instructions from a judge). then you’re free to go and do whatever you want as long as you’re within earshot of a loudspeaker. This includes a spacious cafeteria with floor-to-ceiling windows, or outside where (I am NOT making this up) it is ALWAYS 75 degrees. I’ve been on jury duty in January and August (and other times in-between), and it’s always 75F in Ventura, CA.

      Hope you’ll have access to TOD to keep you company (and so that you can catch up — PBO has been a whirlwind of activity every single day this year!).

    • January 25, 2015 at 10:43 am

      He must be out of his mind thrilled! Good for him 🙂 FLOTUS wore that dress perfectly. She puts the model on the right to shame…

      • 39 idon
        January 25, 2015 at 3:10 pm

        FLOTUS dress is so extraordinary not only for its beauty but the intricacy of its design. I love all FLOTUS wear but this dress is a piece of art which my beloved First Lady wears beautifully. I really hope it is one of the dresses that ends up in the Smithsonian. I just love it. I wonder if the designer will discuss the process of designing it. It is so amazing – to me, it combines the beauty of a flower and the underlying mathematical equations that create it. Seriously, I love love this dress.

    • 40 arapaho415
      January 25, 2015 at 11:07 am

      THANK YOU Dudette!

      Gorgeous. FLOTUS looks stunning in @BibhuMohapatra’s masterpiece . The perfect dress for one to wear while one de-boards after a long trip, as one does (LOL). 🙂

      @BibhuMohapatra’s dress looks so much better with the amazing matching coat, accompanied with a beaming smile and a handsome (sigh) escort in an exotic locale.

      The model must be seething with jealousy 😉 .

  11. 42 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 9:47 am

    You can see more of the coat. [Squeeeee! 😀 ]

  12. 43 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 9:48 am

  13. 50 sherijr
    January 25, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Chips ~ I would just like to repeat what JackieG said at the top of this post:

    Chips, just want to say that we are the luckiest people in the US for going on these trips with our President. You always give us a real time sense of what’s happening and it’s as close to being there as possible. None of us take this for granted because we know how hard it is to bring these great events to us and keep us informed. It’s a gift delivered daily and in case we forget to say it, Thank You, a million times over.

    Though I contribute not at all here, I depend on this site, on you, on Nerdy and all those TODers who do contribute to give us the daily truth and facts on POTUS. I would not have gotten through this Presidency without you and I am completely grateful every single day. So thank you very much for all that you.. and especially for inviting us along on these trips with President Obama.

    • January 25, 2015 at 9:58 am

      Thank you soooooooooo much {{{sherijr}}}

      “Though I contribute not at all here…..”

      Oh yes you do! Everyone who drops by and comments here contributes, Sherijr, so thank YOU!!!

    • 59 arapaho415
      January 25, 2015 at 11:15 am

      Ditto x1000, sherijr!

      Chimed in on agreeing with JackieG upthread.

      Speaking for myself, I would be aware of about 1% of what President Obama accomplishes with grace, elegance and good humor every.single.day if it weren’t for Chips, NerdyWonka and all of TODville.

      Chips and NW do so much to propel and maintain this perfect internet site 24/7, fueled only by love of @BarackObama and his cherished family — cannot begin to express my appreciation.

      THANK YOU Chips, NW, BTs and TOD!

  14. January 25, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Even more spectacular coverage. Thanks Chips.

  15. January 25, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Yesterday my after following India Today Journal my time line was filled with followers and comments like this… Hmmmm?

    Hope this works, haven’t tried it here before.

    • January 25, 2015 at 10:34 am

      Mittens, Google Translate tells me that means “Absolute majority of all development” – we need Amk!! 🙂

      • January 25, 2015 at 10:44 am

        Well, I don’t know what it says. I did check the account it seems like the official PM … I received all these followers after commenting on an Indian journals website. To paraphrase I asked that the good Indian people welcome and keep our president and first lady safe and send them back to us with great memories. Ergo….

  16. January 25, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Morning Chips and TOD. Back at work today, surrounded by loud music and crowds outside for the Super Bowl activities downtown. By the way, Chips, Chips, I noticed the lunch menu for today. No tuna and spaghetti thingy without the tuna.

  17. January 25, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Good Morning, boy have I missed alot. POTUS and FLOTUS are already in India. A nice welcome for our President and First Lady. The First Lady look lovely as usual.

    • 75 arapaho415
      January 25, 2015 at 11:24 am

      And no doubt, you’ve only been gone for 12 hours.

      Exhausting trying keep up with PBO’s schedule, impossible to imagine actually having to actually fulfill it.

  18. January 25, 2015 at 10:33 am

    WOW! FLOTUS looks STUNNING!! Regal dress. Flawless hair and makeup. Wowie!

  19. 77 MightyPamela
    January 25, 2015 at 10:34 am

    It is possible Seattle is one of the warmer spots in the country this day. In January, right? Right. Sure, that’s normal. Love you guys, working today. Check in later. {{{{{TOD}}}}}

  20. 79 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 10:35 am

  21. January 25, 2015 at 10:36 am

  22. 81 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 10:37 am

    They’ve arrived for the State Dinner! FLOTUS looking stunning, of course!

  23. 82 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 10:37 am

  24. 83 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 10:38 am

  25. 84 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Former PM Singh is also in attendance

  26. 85 forus50
    January 25, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Good morning Chips, Thank you for your live coverage of this trip. I just have to say FLOTUS arrival dress and coat is beautiful!! And adding to your tweet regarding the press; they so embarrass the US by their rude questions on these trips; not even phucking aware of ANY aspect of the host country culture, customs, politics, nothing.

    If amk is still around this a.m. or if anyone else is familiar with India politics — I was wondering what US politician would be similar in political ideaology as PM Narendra Modi. I heard he was right wing but not sure if that is true and if so, to what degree.

    • January 25, 2015 at 10:52 am

      Julie Pace is the living definition of “UGLY AMERICAN.”

    • 89 Nena20409
      January 25, 2015 at 11:08 am

      The Profoxanda of News……US Media once again, making an arse of Journalism before the World..

    • January 25, 2015 at 11:14 am

      You know the rules Julie they’ve always been the same when US Presidents travel to India. Get over it.

    • 91 arapaho415
      January 25, 2015 at 11:31 am

      American press is an embarrassment.

      They violate the first rule of journalism, which is no doubt taught in Journalism 101 (guessing, have never taken a journalism class) which is “do not be part of the story.”

      To US MSM, it’s 1) all about themselves, 2) whining.

      HELLO, MSM, twitterverse has @ndtv and @ani_news, etc.

      Case closed, it’s all about whining about themselves, an elite, tiny slice of global media.

    • 92 nospin
      January 25, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      because they are too ignorant to understand how embarrassing and insulting they are.

  27. January 25, 2015 at 10:42 am

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  29. January 25, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Beauty squared!!

  30. January 25, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Did I see tea cosies? 🙂

    Thanks Chips, BTs, all for this wonderful coverage. AMK, waiting for yr in person coverage of State Dinner! You’re one of the 250 guests, I betcha! 🙂

  31. 104 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 11:00 am

    I daresay the state of journalism in America is represented in this article.

  32. 105 Nena20409
    January 25, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Holy Smokes……Chips……You and TOD Community are Simply, The Very Best!
    I am on cloud 9. Rafa Nadal having advanced today in 3 sets 😉 and here at TOD, the ONLY Place for POTUS India Trip. Yes!
    Good Morning TOD. Sunny and 26F. It will get to 36F. It was 41F yesterday. January in MN has been better than Jan 2014 and Jan 2013.
    Congrats to all the Au ⭐ winners…..starting with this fine post and 3 back.
    India, Thank You for your Hospitality to our POTUS and FLOTUS.

  33. 107 Nena20409
    January 25, 2015 at 11:13 am

    The Obama Team are moving FORWARD!

  34. January 25, 2015 at 11:14 am

    This arrogant idiot is completely NUTS

  35. January 25, 2015 at 11:21 am

    This is kinda interesting!

  36. 115 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Okay this video had me on the floor! LOL! 🙂
    Really wish I knew how to embed it here. Chips, can you work some magic?


  37. 118 Nena20409
    January 25, 2015 at 11:21 am


    Fantastic……I could not get a clean cut Video from C-SPAN. Just Fantastic.
    Mayor Kevin Johnson introducing POTUS at the WH this past Friday. Love it, absolutely.

  38. 119 debz
    January 25, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Thank you Chips, for your coverage of this trip. If it weren’t for TOD, no one would even know POTUS and FLOTUS were in India.

  39. 123 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 11:31 am

    21:48 (IST) “PM is brave, he also has style”, said Barack Obama while toasting to the great partnership and friendship of the two nations.
    21:45 (IST) Barack Obama addressing the guests at the banquet hosted by Pranab Mukherjee in Rashtrapati Bhavan.

  40. 124 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 11:33 am

  41. 125 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 11:43 am

    At banquet in Rashtrapati Bhavan, President Obama toasts ‘the great partnership between our two nations, the dosti (friendship) between our two people’

    I’m deeply honoured, I also want to thank you for not making me dance today. It’s true Michelle is a better dancer than me
    We all know about the PM’s legendary work ethic. He told me today how he had 3 hours of sleep. Felt a little bad… I thought I was okay with 5.
    Tonight I wanted to wear a Modi kurta; Michelle and I are looking forward to international Yoga day

  42. 126 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 11:48 am

  43. 127 forus50
    January 25, 2015 at 11:51 am

  44. 128 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Congressman Bera is accompanying POTUS on the trip to India. I ran across this on his TL.

  45. 129 Dudette
    January 25, 2015 at 12:05 pm

  46. 131 JER
    January 25, 2015 at 12:10 pm

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