February 4, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - President Barack Obama plans to visit Thomas Jefferson's Monticello estate next week with French President Francois Hollande.
The White House said Tuesday that Obama will mark the partnership between the U.S. and France with a tour next Monday of Jefferson's Charlottesville residence.
Jefferson, the third U.S. president, served as U.S. ambassador to France from 1785-1789.
The White House says Monticello reflects Jefferson's affection for the people of France and the longstanding relations between the two nations.
On Tuesday, the White House released the following statement about the visit:
Since the time of our founding fathers, the United States and France have been allies and friends. To mark this historic partnership, President Obama and President Hollande of France will tour Monticello on Monday, February 10, as part of the State Visit. As the residence of Thomas Jefferson, one of the United States’ earliest envoys to France, Monticello reflects Jefferson’s affection for the people of France, the long-standing relations between our two democracies, and the shared values we hold dear: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. President Obama looks forward to sharing this piece of our shared history with President Hollande.