This stamp issue commemorated the State Visit to Australia of Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, on 16-17 November 2011. President Obama visited Canberra, where he addressed Parliament, and became the first sitting US President to visit Darwin.
The stamp shows the military representatives of the ANZUS countries gathered in Honolulu for the first meeting in 1952: Lieutenant General SF (Sydney) Rowell (left), Australian Chief of General Staff, is greeted on his arrival at the airfield by Admiral Arthur Radford, US Commander in Chief Pacific (right), and Major-General Gentry, New Zealand Chief of General Staff.
Australia and the United States enjoy a strong partnership in many areas including trade and investment, science and technology collaboration and security cooperation. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Australia-United States Alliance under the ANZUS Treaty which was signed by Australia, New Zealand and the United States in San Francisco in 1951 and entered into force in 1952. This is a time of great strength and growth in the Alliance, which rests on a broad and enduring community of interests and values.