Obama arrives in Australia

Incumbent US President Barack Obama.
Incumbent US President Barack Obama. Getty Images

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.

Mr Obama chatted to the group for a few moments before stepping into his personal bomb-proof transport vehicle, known as "The Beast".

Read more on the Brisbane Times.

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