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Obama Gets a True Kiwi Welcome in New Zealand

Proof that it's good to be a former U.S. president.

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Barack Obama received a formal welcome during his first trip to New Zealand on Thursday. The former president, who is in the country for three days on behalf of the Obama Foundation, met with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to promote U.S.- New Zealand relations...and to have a little post-White House fun. These photos might just have you wishing you were also a former U.S. president.

To start, President Obama was presented with a pair of whale tooth necklaces made by the Ngāti Whātua tribe, a gift traditionally given to only the most illustrious of guests. (Pictured: President Obama chats with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the Government House in Auckland, New Zealand.) Hannah Peters/Getty Images To start, President Obama was presented with a pair of whale tooth necklaces made by the Ngāti Whātua tribe, a gift traditionally given to only the most illustrious of guests. (Pictured: President Obama chats with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the Government House in Auckland, New Zealand.) Members of the Ngāti Whātua tribe then delivered a pōwhiri, a traditional Māori welcoming ceremony, for the visiting president. Hannah Peters/Getty Images Members of the Ngāti Whātua tribe then delivered a pōwhiri, a traditional Māori welcoming ceremony, for the visiting president. Barack even got in on the action... Hannah Peters/Getty Images Barack even got in on the action... (Let's leave it to the professionals, Mr. President.) SIMON WATTS/AFP/Getty Images (Let's leave it to the professionals, Mr. President.) Between learning the local customs and diplomatic chats, Obama even fit in a few rounds of golf with former Prime Minister John Key, proving once and for all... Hannah Peters/Getty Images Between learning the local customs and diplomatic chats, Obama even fit in a few rounds of golf with former Prime Minister John Key, proving once and for all... That it's good to be a retired U.S. president. Next stop? Australia and Japan! Pool/Getty Images That it's good to be a retired U.S. president. Next stop? Australia and Japan!
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