In attending India’s Republic Day parade, Obama has never before spent so much time outside in public overseas, a security challenge.
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) January 26, 2015
Highlight of the day so far. All women contignet at the R-Day parade for the first time in the history! #RepublicDay pic.twitter.com/iM7ntPQkcQ
— Sukhinder Anand (@AnandSukhinder) January 26, 2015
Modi sported a tri-color turban and shades.
Modi looks so badass. pic.twitter.com/29VlyHsgcH — Enthu Cutlet (@lady_gabbar) January 26, 2015
President Pranab Mukherjee was dressed much more sensibly.
Obama: Is that the guy from Russia that gave you this weaponry ? Modi: No No. It's just cold.That's Pranab Mukherjee. pic.twitter.com/6CAum7tsc7 — José Covaco (@HoeZaay) January 26, 2015
When the dignitaries arrived at Rajpath for the Republic Day Parade, they were greeted by raindrops.
Modi, Obama, President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice-President Hamid Ansari refusing to let a little drizzle get them down. (via PIB)
Someone had to make a decision if the umbrellas should come out, whether the guests should be holding their own.
Hold your own umbrella dude. Seriously. RT @VocabSahab @MasalaBai You're right! pic.twitter.com/1rg3iWgO71 — Rituparna Chatterjee (@MasalaBai) January 26, 2015
#HappyRepublicDay No umbrella fr Amit Shah bt look at Madam. Sun never sets on the power of Gandhi family! pic.twitter.com/smVXdQzR4T — Mani Shakkar Aiyar (@ManiShankarIyer) January 26, 2015
But the parade really kicked off when the tableaux put on by various states and government entities rolled out. Make in India
@PIB_India: RT DDNational: WATCH NOW: makeinindia_ - Made in India! on: https://t.co/8UcpzFY8Cl pic.twitter.com/BiGJQx2S67 #bjp #KiranBedi... — Sitaram Thakare (@sitaram_thakare) January 26, 2015
Make In India float was designed by an American ad agency. Just sayin. — Kabir Taneja (@KabirTaneja) January 26, 2015
Only some of the gears in that Make in India mechanized lion are moving. Read into that what you will. — Dhruva Jaishankar (@d_jaishankar) January 26, 2015
That's one scary crab! RT @firstpostin: #Goa tableau at #RepublicDay parade http://t.co/Uw0j85G3mB pic.twitter.com/0Ci59hLj03 — Chryselle (@chryselled) January 26, 2015
Enjoyed the Parade. The Goa float was totally filled with stereotypes with the exception of two Russian Ladies snorting coke. — Rahul (@RahulxC) January 26, 2012
Republic Day | Tableaux of Gujarat's float featuring Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel http://t.co/y4NRemWksr pic.twitter.com/KIh6ZpTKZL — dna (@dna) January 26, 2015
Only Gujarat state sent a float which doesn't exists..?? #SardarPatelStatue #RDParade2015 — Guru charan (@alwayscharan4u) January 26, 2015
#NamasteObama: The Haryana float celebrates the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, a major destination for migratory birds pic.twitter.com/FzIG9iWavo — CNN-IBN News (@ibnlive) January 26, 2015
Also surprised the Haryana float hasn't tried to overtake the float ahead from left. — Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) January 26, 2015
Bihar's tableau should just have schedule of trains to Delhi and Mumbai. — SAMBHA (@sambha_bhilane) January 26, 2015
Breaking: People from the Bihar float try and climb the Maharashtra float, beaten.
— Khamba (@gkhamba) January 26, 2013
Republic Day float of the Indian Railways featuring a High Speed Train mockup: pic.twitter.com/jNAQq8R2fH
— Indian Railway Facts (@IRfacts) January 26, 2015
Fittingly, the IRCTC float got a ticket to enter the parade after a long, long, wait. #RepublicDay #ObamaPalooza2015 — Overrated Outcast (@over_rated) January 26, 2015
We had more floats for Modi’s pet schemes than for actual states. Suck it, North Korea. #RepublicDay #ObamaPalooza2015 — Overrated Outcast (@over_rated) January 26, 2015
Is this the only parade in the world to feature both a nuclear missile and an ATM? #IndianRepublicDay — Tunku Varadarajan (@tunkuv) January 26, 2015
Beyond the floats, Twitter users went on about VIPs and much more.
Must have been a difficult political decision for a Democrat President to attend a Republic Day parade. — Raj (@chennaikaran) January 26, 2015
One minute silence for the VIP guards who have to keep their backs turned to the parade the *entire* time
— Khamba (@gkhamba) January 26, 2015
CAN SOMEONE GET A PICTURE OF OBAMA AND AMIT SHAH TOGETHER I'VE BEEN WAITING ON THE "MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE WORLD WITH OBAMA" TWEET FOREVER
— Khamba (@gkhamba) January 26, 2015
This is India. All religions risking own and others lives doing stupid things together and no one at the steering. pic.twitter.com/czge0DCM5E — Be'havin! (@WrongDoc) January 26, 2015
People I feel bad for right now: 1. Michelle Obama 2. Michelle Obama 3. People trying to commute to anywhere in Delhi 4. Michelle Obama — Rega Jha (@RegaJha) January 26, 2015
Finally, some people seemed to have been very concerned about President Obama and the gum he was chewing.
#RepublicDay : close'up of PM with the US President in the VIP box pic.twitter.com/fIpuv8oM2s
— PIB India (@PIB_India) January 26, 2015
Obama was not chewing gum. It was last night's Rabri. #RDayWithObama
— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) January 26, 2015
Report says Air Force One hadcarried 100 kgs of chew gum and Obama consumed half of that during 3 hours of R-Day celebrations
— Ra_Bies (@Ra_Bies) January 26, 2015
I'm frankly a bit grossed out that Obama is chewing the same gum for the last two hours. The hotness is wearing off a bit. Who DOES that?
— Rituparna Chatterjee (@MasalaBai) January 26, 2015
Obama chewing gum. Jaitley eating peanuts. Pranab having hojmiguli, I suppose.
— Brown Sahiba (@Rajyasree) January 26, 2015