November 16th, 2011
08:25 AM ET
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA (CNN) - President Obama might be surrounded by an army of secret service agents, but on his trip to Canberra, Australia he got no protection from a crushing time zone change that left him a bit confused.
“I’m trying to figure out what, what time zone I’m in here,” the president joked during a joint news conference with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Flying from Honolulu, Hawaii to Australia took the president forward in time, virtually skipping Tuesday all together and jumping to Wednesday.
Canberra is 16 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
The fast forward left the president looking a bit tired as he attended an arrival ceremony and news conference.
At the closing event of the day, the parliamentary dinner, the time zone change once again took its toll.
“I am going to be brief, for we have had a busy day,” Mr. Obama said. “I’m not sure what day it is.”