Just when the nationalists were beginning to believe that the US’ stranglehold on India and most things Indian was waning, there’s evidence to prove otherwise.
Indians, especially Delhiites, seem as enamoured of the US president, as they are of dropping phrases such as ‘The Eagle has landed’ — all to show their familiarity with things American.
On Monday, as Obama and wife Michelle travelled around the national capital, hundreds of Obama ‘followers’ made a beeline for the places on his itinerary.
While some bunked classes, others made lame excuses to their bosses to get leave — just to catch a glimpse of the most powerful man in the world.
Even though more than a kilometre away, several people tried to catch a glimpse of the President and his wife when they visited Rajghat on Monday morning.
Many were positioned on the spot as early as 7am.
“When we read in the newspaper that President Obama would be going to Rajghat, we decided to bunk classes and come here,” said Anish Rajpal, a Delhi University student.
“It was a once-in-a-lifetime chance for us to see him in person. I and my three friends have been waiting here since 7.30am,” Rajpal added.
For many, even watching the presidential cavalcade was a moment to remember.
“There were so many imported cars in his cavalcade; it was amazing to look at them. Everything about them is so grand,” said Zubair Alam, a student of Ramjas College.
Office-goers were not to be left behind in their pursuit of the President.
“I called up my boss and told him that I have fever. From Rajghat, we will go to the Crafts Museum, which Michelle Obama would be visiting. We want to see them once, if possible, even if from afar,” said JR Singh, a software developer.