"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
It also as a benefit of forcing the host nation to pay attention to the visiting nation. No nation will let it be said that when the US President shows up at their doors, or asks to show up, they aren't hospitable or friendly enough to accept his invitation and show off their country.
Lastly, this trip is about more than India, Obama is visiting Indonesia, South Korea, and Japan. SECDEF Gates is visiting Australia to hammer out new Defense deals. Clinton is also visiting several other Asian countries like Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Cambodia, China and Vietnam.
Also at the end of this trip there's the G-20 meeting in South Korea, where world leaders are expected to met. To discuss hundreds of billion of dollars in trade deals, as well as in some ways the future of the global economy. It sounds pretty important to me.
Every other world lead is going to show up, should it be said that America is too poor to show? Or just doesn't care enough to show up? Or any other reason people would come up with for America not showing?
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
New Reasons Behind Harley Deal, Why Aren't the Bikes Being Assembled Here?
India has import laws which would literally double the price of imported bikes from the US. Obviously by increasing the price so much, demand falters in the Indian market.
Since a trade deal has to benefit both parties, the US and India agreed that the parts would be created in the US while the bikes would be assembled in India, thus BYPASSING the import laws reducing the cost of the bike and increasing demand in India.
If the agreement had the US both making the parts and assembling them, the deal would be worth less money and create less jobs in the United States because the demand for bikes imported would be so much less than bikes assembled in India, again because it would literally double the cost up front.
So by building the plant in India, but making the parts in the US, India increases its own employment, and the US creates jobs for a new demand, meaning those jobs never existed before now, and it creates more jobs than if we built everything in the US because ultimately we are making a cheaper product.
Harley-Davidson to build bikes in India - CNN
Why anybody in India would want to buy and overpriced, underwhelming motorcycle from America is beyond me, but more power to them. Marketing geniuses.