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Obama's India-visit Page 1 in American press, but for how long?

world Updated: Nov 08, 2010 01:00 IST
Yashwant Raj

US President Barack Obama's India visit was Page One in most national dailies such as The Washington Post and The New York Times (NYT), USA Today and the online edition of The Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

While the coverage of day one was mostly about the announcement of deals totalling $10 billion, day two looked like going the India-Pakistan route, taking off from the Town Hall meeting at St Xavier's College, Mumbai.

"Obama to encourage India-Pakistan talks," said the lead headline of the online edition of The Journal.

"In India, Obama faces questions on US relations with Pakistan," said The Washington Post.

But these are early stories for the online editions of day two. They might be over-taken.

Day one coverage was firmly about the business side of the trip, and one that was central to the administration, which has said the President's main agenda was to create jobs back home.

The visit has been pitched as a game changer by the administration for India. But the administration has also said the focus is jobs creation through increased trade. And announcements of deals on day one of the visit added up to worth around $10 billion and 56,000 jobs.

The WSJ and the NYT put a domestic spin on these deals saying Obama took the opportunity of the visit to repair damaged relations with corporate America, which had turned away from him.

The NYT had another take on the visit. It ran a page one story on how Obama invoking Mahatma Gandhi.

Obama holds Gandhi among his inspirations along with Dr Martin Luther King and often cites him in his speeches. He also visited what used to be Gandhi's home in Mumbai.