Incumbent US President Barack Obama.
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Obama selects Mantra for headquarters

DARWIN'S Mantra Pandanas, was transformed into the official headquarters for US President Barack Obama's high-profile visit to Australia.

The Obama administration booked almost the entire 336-room Mantra Pandanas hotel, with the president's advance team arriving in early November and increasing to full capacity on the day of Obama's visit on November 17.

Mantra Pandanas general manager David Brill said the hotel was selected to be the Australian headquarters as Mantra Pandanas has the unique ability to accommodate the large volume of aides required for Obama's visit and, most importantly, the ability to facilitate the strict security brief set by the US Embassy.

"Airtight security was ensured with three levels of Mantra Pandanas locked down and only accessible to Whitehouse security cleared staff.

"Level 18 (the middle sealed level) was converted into the nerve centre for the entire Australian visit, facilitated with six semitrailers worth of equipment.

"Satellite dishes were also fitted to the hotel's roof for secure communication," Mr Brill said.

While the Obama administration have now departed Mantra Pandanas, the hotel remains abuzz after Obama's visit to the top end.

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