When it comes to using Air Force One, Barack Obama is quite the wanderlust. Only a year after his 2009 election, POTUS already set a new record as the most-traveled president in modern U.S. history.
According to a report issued by the National Taxpayer Union Foundation:
The bulk of Obama’s journeys beyond U.S. shores took place in 2009, when he likewise set the record as the most-traveled President for any first year in office: he took the most trips, visited the most countries, and spent the most days abroad. Obama made ten trips to 21 countries (four countries were visited twice) and was out of the U.S. a total of 37 days. The previous record holder, George H.W. Bush, took seven trips to 17 countries (one country was visited twice) over 28 days during the course of his first year in office.
In addition to attending a wide range of international meetings and summits-- which are typical to every president's itinerary, Obama also took the time to make several unique and iconic trips. He was the first sitting president to visit Myanmar, where he met and embraced fellow Nobel Peace laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi. His 2009 trip to Egypt, not only marked a new beginning, but also fulfilled his campaign promise to visit a Muslim country in his first 100 days in office.
Check out the slideshow below for other iconic moments during Obama's overseas travels: