NBC News — President Barack Obama fulfilled his promise to visit Australia after a long delay, arriving in the capital of Canberra wednesday for a day and a half trip focused on renewing bonds with the country. For the President, the third time's the charm, he canceled two earlier visits, once to stay in Washington to lobby for passage of the Health Care Bill, and again in the wake of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Obama's visit has been eagerly anticipated in Australia, and he was welcomed with an official arrival ceremony at Parliament House. Soon after arriving President Obama held a private meeting with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Later in the evening, the President attended a formal state dinner with members of Parliament.