Presidents Obama and Hollande to visit Monticello - - ABC13

Presidents Obama and Hollande to visit Monticello


Charlottesville, VA- President Obama can expect the full red carpet treatment on his first visit to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.

French President Francois Hollande will join Obama Monday to tour Jefferson's mountain-top estate, inspired so much but his native country.

Although it was the five years Jefferson spent in France that inspired the design of Monticello, Hollande will be the first French president to visit Monticello.

"Jefferson is our most famous Francophile. After he came back from his five years in Paris he tore down the first Monticello and builds what you see here," said Leslie Greene Bowman president and CEO of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

Another first for Monticello, this will be first time a foreign head of state will accompany a U.S. president to Jefferson's former home.

Keepers of the estate are leaving no stone unturned or doorknob unpolished for this historic visit.

"We are preparing as anyone would for an important visit we are making sure the house is spotless. We are makings sure everyone is on their spot for the day and we are working close with the white house," explained Bowman.

Monticello will be the first stop on Hollande's three day trip to the U.S. After Monday's visit President Obama and President Hollande will make the 120 mile trip back to D.C. for the White House dinner on Tuesday.

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