List of presidential trips made by Barack Obama during 2009

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President Obama with Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa, Canada, during Obama's first international presidential trip, in February 2009.

This is a list of presidential trips made by Barack Obama during 2009, the first year of his presidency as the 44th President of the United States. Following his inauguration on January 20, 2009, Obama traveled to 22 different states internationally, in addition to many more trips made domestically within the United States.

This list excludes trips made within Washington, D.C., the U.S. federal capital in which the White House, the official residence and principal workplace of the President, is located. Additionally excluded are trips to Camp David, the country residence of the President, and to the private home of the Obama family in Kenwood, Chicago.

January[edit]

  • No trips made.

February[edit]

Country/
U.S. state
Areas visited Date(s) Notes
Virginia Virginia Williamsburg February 5 First presidential trip using Air Force One.[1]
Indiana Indiana Elkhart February 7 President Obama was promoting the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]
Florida Florida Fort Myers February 10 President Obama was promoting the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[3]
Virginia Virginia Springfield February 11 President Obama promoted the economic stimulus plan at a construction site with then-DNC Chairman and former Virginia governor Tim Kaine.[4]
Illinois Illinois Springfield February 12 President Obama participated in the celebrations for the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.[5]
Colorado Colorado Denver February 17 President Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, travelled to Denver, Colorado, to sign the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law.[6]
Canada Canada Ottawa February 19 First trip outside the United States as president. President Obama met with Governor General Michaëlle Jean, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Leader of the Opposition Michael Ignatieff.[7][8][9]
North Carolina North Carolina Jacksonville February 27 President Obama announced withdrawal plans for US troops in Iraq.[10]

March[edit]

Country/
U.S. state
Areas visited Date(s) Notes
Ohio Ohio Columbus March 6 President Obama visited Columbus, Ohio, and made a speech at the graduation of Columbus Police Division's 114th class.[11]
California California Long Beach, San Diego, Pomona, Los Angeles, Costa Mesa March 18–20 President Obama took part in two town hall sessions and visited the Edison International Vehicle Electrics plant during his visit to California.[12]

April[edit]

Country/
U.S. state
Areas visited Date(s) Notes
United Kingdom United Kingdom London March 31 – April 2 President Obama was attending the G-20 summit meeting. Obama met with Prime Minister Gordon Brown at 10 Downing Street, where he took part in a joint press conference with Brown,[13] and met with Leader of the Opposition David Cameron at the U.S. Embassy in Grosvenor Square.[14] Obama also met with Queen Elizabeth II.[15][16][17]
France France Strasbourg April 3–4 President Obama was attending the NATO summit meeting.[18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26]
Germany Germany Kehl, Baden-Baden April 3–4 President Obama was attending the NATO summit meeting[18][19][21][23][24][25][26][27][28]
Czech Republic Czech Republic Prague April 5 President Obama visited the Czech Republic, then holding the rotating presidency of the European Council. President Obama met with President Václav Klaus. He also made a speech in Hradčany Square, Prague, in which he spoke about the threat of nuclear weapons in the post–Cold War era.[27][29][30][31]
Turkey Turkey Ankara, Istanbul April 6–7 President Obama participated in a wreath laying ceremony at Anitkabir Mausoleum,[32] met with President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and delivered a speech to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. Obama also met with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople of the Orthodox Church in Istanbul,[33] attended the Alliance of Civilizations forum,[34] a forum sponsored by Turkey and Spain to promote understanding between the Western and Islamic worlds, visited the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque and hold a town hall with students at the Tophane Cultural Center.[35][36][37][38][39]
Iraq Iraq Baghdad April 7 President Obama met with President Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. He also visited U.S. soldiers fighting in the Iraq War.[39][40][41]
Mexico Mexico Mexico City April 16–17[42] President Obama met with President Felipe Calderón.[42][43][44][45][46][47]
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain April 17–19 President Obama was attending the 5th Summit of the Americas.[44][48][49][50][51]

May[edit]

Country/
U.S. state
Areas visited Date(s) Notes
Arizona Arizona Phoenix May 13 President Obama visited Arizona State University.
Indiana Indiana South Bend May 17 President Obama visited the University of Notre Dame to give a commencement address.
Maryland Maryland Annapolis May 22 President Obama visited the United States Naval Academy.
Nevada Nevada Las Vegas Valley May 26 President Obama made a speech at a fundraiser for the re-election campaign of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.[52]
New York New York New York City May 30 No official business. President and First Lady dined at Blue Hill and attended the Broadway revival of Joe Turner's Come and Gone.[53]

June[edit]

Country/
U.S. state
Areas visited Date(s) Notes
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Riyadh Province June 3–4 President Obama met with King Abdullah and discussed various issues, including the Arab–Israeli conflict and Iran's nuclear programme.[54][55][56]
Egypt Egypt Cairo, Giza June 4 President Obama issued an important speech to the Muslim world at Cairo University entitled "A New Beginning". Obama also held talks with President Hosni Mubarak on regional issues, which were described by Mubarak as "candid and frank". Obama also visited the Sultan Hassan Mosque.[54][57][58]
Germany Germany Dresden, Buchenwald, Landstuhl June 5 President Obama visited the Buchenwald concentration camp, ahead of the D-Day commemorations, and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. He also spoke of the Arab–Israeli conflict, and met with Chancellor Angela Merkel[59] in Dresden Castle,[60] visited Dresden Frauenkirche[61] and gave an interview at Zwinger Palace in Dresden.[62][63][64][65][66]
France France Paris, Caen June 5–7 President Obama visited France to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Normandy Landings. Obama met dignitaries including French President Nicolas Sarkozy, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales.[67][68] In Paris, President Obama and his family took part in sightseeing, including visiting the Centre Georges Pompidou[69] and Notre Dame de Paris.[70][71][72][73][74][75]
Wisconsin Wisconsin Green Bay June 11 [76]
Illinois Illinois Chicago June 15 President Obama made a speech to the American Medical Association, and pushed for reform in the American medical industry.[77]

July[edit]

Country/
U.S. state
Areas visited Date(s) Notes
Virginia Virginia Annandale July 1 President Obama hosted a town hall meeting on health care reform in Annandale, Virginia.[78]
Russia Russia Moscow July 6–8 President Obama met with President Dmitry Medvedev to discuss global issues, including the War in Afghanistan. Obama delivered a speech to the New Economic School in Moscow.[79][79]
Italy Italy L'Aquila, Rome July 8–10 President Obama was attending the 35th G8 summit. President Obama also met with President Giorgio Napolitano.[80]
Vatican City Vatican City Vatican City July 10 President Obama met with Pope Benedict XVI, and discussed issues such as poverty, stem-cell research, peace in the Middle East, and the need to reach out to the Muslim world. Obama and the Pope also exchanged gifts.[81]
Ghana Ghana Accra, Cape Coast July 11 President Obama met with President John Atta Mills and made a speech to the Parliament of Ghana. He also toured a former departing point of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the Cape Coast Castle.[80]
Missouri Missouri St. Louis July 14 President Obama threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
New Jersey New Jersey Holmdel July 16 President Obama spoke at the PNC Bank Arts Center in support of Governor Jon Corzine's re-election campaign.[82]
New York New York New York City July 16 President Obama spoke to the NAACP in honor of the group's 100th anniversary.[83]

August[edit]

Country/
U.S. state
Areas visited Date(s) Notes
Mexico Mexico Guadalajara August 9–10 President Obama attended the annual North American Leaders' Summit.[84]
New Hampshire New Hampshire Portsmouth August 11 President Obama led a town hall meeting on health care reform.
Montana Montana Belgrade August 14 President Obama led a town hall meeting on health care reform.
Colorado Colorado Grand Junction August 15 President Obama led a town hall meeting on health care reform.

September[edit]

Country/
U.S. state
Areas visited Date(s) Notes
New York New York New York City September 9 Attended to memorial services of journalist Walter Cronkite held at the Lincoln Center.
Minnesota Minnesota Minneapolis – Saint Paul September 12 President Obama addressed a rally for health care reform.
New York New York Troy September 21 Visited Hudson Valley Community College, about a technology program.
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pittsburgh September 24–25 Attended the G-20 summit meeting which was hosted by the United States.

October[edit]

Country/
U.S. state
Areas visited Date(s) Notes
Denmark Denmark Copenhagen October 2 President Obama was attending the 13th Olympic Congress, supporting the unsuccessful Chicago bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics. While in Denmark, President Obama met with Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen. He also met with Queen Margrethe II and Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark.[85]
Virginia Virginia Springfield October 14 President Obama visited highway construction project sites and discussed job creation programs.[86]
Louisiana Louisiana New Orleans October 15 President Obama traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana to survey reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and held a town hall meeting at the University of New Orleans.[87]
California California San Francisco October 15 President Obama traveled to San Francisco, California. The President did not make any public appearances, although was present at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee.[88]
Texas Texas College Station October 16 President Obama gave a speech on public service at the Texas A&M University, alongside former President George H. W. Bush.[89]
Maryland Maryland Silver Spring October 19 President Obama travelled to Silver Spring, Maryland to visit the Viers Mills Elementary School, praising the school for mitigating the achievement gap between minorities and non-minority students.[90]
New York New York New York City October 20 President Obama travelled to the headquarters of the Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York City.[91]
New Jersey New Jersey Hackensack October 21 President Obama travelled to Hackensack, New Jersey to support the unsuccessful re-election campaign of Governor Jon Corzine at Farleigh Dickinson University.[92]
Massachusetts Massachusetts Boston, Cambridge October 23 President Obama visited the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, before attending a fundraiser for the re-election campaign of Governor Deval Patrick.[93]
Florida Florida Miami, Jacksonville, Arcadia October 26–27 President Obama spoke at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Miami at the Fontainebleau Hotel.[94] He also spoke at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville,[94][95] and toured the DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center in Arcadia, describing the necessity of developing a national 'smart' power grid.[96]
Delaware Delaware Dover October 29 President Obama travelled to Dover Air Force Base to oversee the return of eighteen American soldiers killed in Afghanistan.[97][98]

November[edit]

Country/
U.S. state
Areas visited Date(s) Notes
New Jersey New Jersey Camden, Newark November 1 President Obama was supporting the unsuccessful re-election campaign of Governor Jon Corzine.[99] In Newark, he drew a crowd of approximately 11,000.[100]
Wisconsin Wisconsin Madison November 4 President Obama travelled to Wright Middle School in Madison, Wisconsin to discuss America's public education strategies with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.[101]
Texas Texas Killeen November 10 President Obama travelled to Fort Hood outside Killeen, Texas, to speak at a memorial for the victims of the Fort Hood shooting.[102][103]
Virginia Virginia Arlington County November 11 President Obama travelled to the Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day, laying a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknowns.[104][105]
Alaska Alaska Anchorage November 12 President Obama made a brief trip to Elmendorf Air Force Base, speaking to military personnel there while en route to Tokyo.[106][107]
Japan Japan Tokyo November 13–14 The trip was the first stop on a four-nation tour of Asia. While in Japan, President Obama met with Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.[108] Obama also visited the Tokyo Imperial Palace, meeting with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko,[109] and made a speech at the Suntory Hall[110] in Tokyo.[107]
Singapore Singapore Singapore November 14–15 The trip was the second stop on a four-nation tour of Asia. Obama was attending the APEC summit meeting.[111][112] While in Singapore, Obama took part in bilateral meetings with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.[107]
China China Shanghai, Beijing November 15–18 The third stop on a four-nation tour of Asia. In Shanghai, President Obama met with Shanghai Party Secretary Yu Zhengsheng and Mayor Han Zheng.[107] He also took part in a town-hall style meeting with Chinese students, addressing a range of issues such as internet censorship and U.S. arms deals with Taiwan.[113][114] In Beijing, Obama took part in a bilateral meeting with President Hu Jintao, and met with Premier Wen Jiabao.[107] Obama also met briefly with his half brother Mark Ndesandjo,[115] and visited various cultural sights; these included the Forbidden City[116][117] and part of the Great Wall of China.[118][119][120]
South Korea South Korea Seoul, Osan November 18–19 The trip was the final stop on a four-nation tour of Asia. President Obama met with President Lee Myung-bak at the Blue House, discussing such issues as the inactive South Korea – United States Free Trade Agreement.[121][122][123] Obama also met with American soldiers stationed at Osan Air Base.[124]

December[edit]

Country/
U.S. state
Areas visited Date(s) Notes
New York New York West Point December 1 President Obama travelled to the United States Military Academy (a.k.a. West Point), where he presented his new battle strategy for the War in Afghanistan.[125]
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Allentown December 4 President Obama travelled to Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he held a town-hall gathering discussing the proposed health care reform.[126]
Norway Norway Oslo December 10 President Obama was accepting the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.[127]
Denmark Denmark Copenhagen December 18 President Obama made a speech at the Bella Center to attendants of the United Nations Climate Change Conference. He also took part in a bilateral meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao,[128] and met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to discuss completing a nuclear disarmament treaty to replace START I, a 15 year treaty that entered into force on December 5, 1994.[129]

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