Monday, March 24, 2014 - 14:38
Obama in The Hague
Obama has arrived in The Hague as the first day of the Nuclear Security Summit is underway. It has already been a busy morning in the city, as 50 demonstrators were apprehended at the Centraal Station and several more demonstrators were swimming in the Hofvijver. The Royal Military Police kept the order as Obama's limo, 'The Beast' drove him from the Museumplein to the Rijksmuseum, which is less than 100 meters distance. Minister Frans Timmermans welcomed Obama at schiphol, and tweeted that the first words the American president said were "good morning, sir. I love your country." As part of a special welcoming committee, Frank Bisshops and his colleague, Dion Veldema, served as ceremonial guards. They brought the president a special greeting, as this is Obama's first state visit to the Netherlands. Usually, Military Police perform the ceremony, with sabers, but American authorities requested this not happen for security reasons. Security measures caused for a lot of speculation, as a wall of containers appeared on the Museumplein for Obama's visit to the Rijksmuseum. The containers were in place to prevent gunmen from taking any chances, was the speculation.