Visiting French President Francois Hollande was accorded exceptional honors by his host Barack Obama for his two-day state visit to Washington. Their talks cover areas where the two leaders are in accord: efforts to resolve nuclear concerns in Iran, ending the civil war in Syria and fighting al Qaeda incursions in Africa. Obama greeted Hollande on arrival at Andrews military base. He became the first US president to accompany a foreign head of state on a visit to the Monticello estate in Virginia owned by former President Thomas Jefferson, a famed Francophile. Obama spoke there about “The incredible bond and incredible gifts that France gave us.”