Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at Rajpath in the national capital for the celebrations of the 66th Republic Day. Looking dapper in a multi-coloured turban, he also greeted President Pranab Mukherjee, who it seemed to a few on Twitter, was wearing a dead raccoon on his head:
Despite light showers and mist in Delhi, the spirits at Rajpath were high where top leaders attended the colourful showcasing of military hardware with carnival-style floats featuring tribal dancers and traditional music.
Where in Sarojini Nagar did Pranab Mukherjee find that dead raccoon to put on his head? pic.twitter.com/t3BBsMn6UQ
— Khamba (@gkhamba) January 26, 2015
And the spirits were even higher on Twitter where it seemed like the people were watching the parade only to tweet about it. "IT’S FINALLY OVER! YAAAYYYYYYYY” - Michelle and Barack’s internal monologue", tweeted @over_rated.
Obama is the first US president to be the guest of honour on the occasion. And, according to another Twitter user @skykeepschanging, he will perhaps be the last president to do. "No US President is coming to India to witness RDay celebrations ever again. Do you see Obama's face?", he tweeted.
Here are few more tweets that spared absolutely nothing and no one who were even remotely connected with the Republic Day celebartions:
Also surprised the Haryana float hasn't tried to overtake the float ahead from left.— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) January 26, 2015
WHY IS THE GOA FLOAT NOT ONE WHITE DUDE ON AN ACTIVA?— Rohan (@mojorojo) January 26, 2015
We should call Vladimir Putin for the Republic Day parade. For him, it'll be a customer service visit.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) 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
Obama to Modi "Really impressive how you manage to keep your war museum artifacts in such pristine condition"— IndiaSpeaks (@IndiaSpeaksPR) January 26, 2015
Disappointed that the UP tableau didn't feature any farmers protesting against land acquisition.— Amreekan Desi (@amreekandesi) January 26, 2015
India only has a Vice President for Republic Days and GK questions.— Dorkstar (@Dorkstar) January 26, 2015
Indian railways tableau didn't show irctc website or the tableau would have stopped there only.— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) January 26, 2015
However, this tweet sums it all up:
That was a pretty crazy and awesome Republic Day parade.We complain a lot but we're blessed to be Indian.Maa Tujhe Salam.Vande Mataram.— José Covaco (@HoeZaay) January 26, 2015