WATCH: Obama Becomes First Sitting President In 50+ Years at Yosemite
PHOTO: President Obama speaks at Yosemite National Park. (Courtesy of YouTube)
President Obama on Saturday became the first sitting president in more than 50 years to visit Yosemite National Park in California, as he and the First Family spend the weekend there to commemorate the centennial of the National Parks Service.
“As we look back over last 100 years, there is a lot to celebrate,” the President said. “As we look to the next century, the next 100 years, the task to protecting our sacred spaces is even more important.”
The White House said the Obama administration has protected more than 265 million acres of public lands during his tenure, more than any other president in history.
In a statement, Visit California President and CEO Caroline Beteta said the president’s historic visit was a chance for the First Family to experience the natural beauty of Califonia.
“Yosemite’s unparalleled majesty inspires travelers from around the world to visit and experience nature at its most awe-inspiring. The allure of this treasure, as with all our national parks, fuels a powerful economic engine for communities surrounding the park,” she said. “Home to more national parks than any other state, California’s diverse landscapes inspire residents and visitors alike.”
The First Family was expected to spend the bulk of the day after the President’s remarks by hiking around the famous park and taking in as many sights as they can – with, you know, troves of secret service and media in tow.
Obama was the first sitting president since John F. Kennedy in 1962 to visit Yosemite. Prior to flying to California, the First Family visited Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. Upon arriving at Yosemite, the President, the First Lady and their daughters mingled with some other guests and greeted Park Rangers.
Here is the full video the President’s remarks at Yosemite.
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