VIDEO: Obama visits Australia, announces new military base there

President Barack Obama, left, and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard discussed deepening the nations' ties in the Asia-Pacific region recently. (Photo from ABCau video.)

Barack Obama is making his first visit to Australia as president and, while it's brief in time, it's setup to make a big impression on the Asia-Pacific region.

The trip marks the 60th anniversary of the ANZUS alliance between Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Obama received a rock star's reception on his trip, with one adoring young girl uttering words usually reserved for stars like The Beatles.

"He touched my hand," she said. "It was an amazing feeling. There's no way to describe it."

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