Obama plans to return to Greece next year as a tourist, Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura revealed. US President Barack Obama accepted Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura’s invitation to visit Greece next summer, the Greek minister posted on Twitter.
Obama met with Kountoura on Tuesday at a dinner hosted by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and he praised the beauties of Greece and its unique monuments.
According to reports, Obama also asked the Greek minister to recommend some destinations and help him plan his holidays.
President Barack Obama also toured the Acropolis, the famed ancient citadel in Athens, Greece on Wednesday, November 16). In a video posted almost immediately after, on the White House’s webpage, the President reflected on standing at the birthplace of democracy during the final overseas trip of his presidency.
“One of the great joys of being the president is the ability to travel and see different cultures and meet different people. That’s important for our national security but it’s also important for us to understand ourselves and our place in the world.
Dr. Eleni Banou, Director, Ephorate of Antiquities for Athens, Ministry of Culture, led the tour.
“We’ve got the Parthenon behind us, part of the Acropolis. It is here in Athens that so many of our ideas about democracy, our notions of citizenship, our notions of rule of law, began to develop.”
President Barack Obama added “when you visit a site like this not only are you getting a better understanding of Greece and Western culture but you’re also sending a signal of the continuity that exists between what happened here, the speeches of Pericles, and what happened with our Founding Fathers. “And it’s a very important role for the President of the United States to send a signal to the world that their culture, their traditions, their heritage, their monuments, are something of value, and are precious, and that we have learned from them.
President Barack Obama looked at the view of Athens from Belvedere Tower and said:
“Because what that does then is send a strong signal around the world that we view ourselves as part of a broader humanity and a community of nations that can work together to solve problems and lift up what’s best in humanity.”