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The First Family Heads West

U.S. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia Obama and Sasha Obama leave the White House before boarding Marine Oe on the South Lawn June 17, 2016 in Washington, DC. The first family is traveling to New Mexico and tour Carlsbad Caverns National Park to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the creation of America's national park system.

US President Barack Obama waves while walking with his daughter Malia (R), First Lady Michelle Obama (2nd L) and daughter Sasha (L) as they depart the White House in Washington, DC, June 17, 2016. The family is headed to New Mexico and California. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia Obama and Sasha Obama leave the White House before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn. The First Family is traveling to New Mexico and tour Carlsbad Caverns National Park to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the creation of America’s national park system.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 17: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (R) and her daughter Sasha Obama leave the White House before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn June 17, 2016 in Washington, DC. The first family is traveling to New Mexico and tour Carlsbad Caverns National Park to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the creation of America's national park system. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 17: (L-R) U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha Obama and Malia Obama, and President Barack Obama leave the White House before boarding Marine Oe on the South Lawn June 17, 2016 in Washington, DC. The first family is traveling to New Mexico and tour Carlsbad Caverns National Park to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the creation of America's national park system. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 17: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and his daughter Malia Obama walk out of the White House hand-in-hand before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn June 17, 2016 in Washington, DC. The first family is traveling to New Mexico and tour Carlsbad Caverns National Park to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the creation of America's national park system. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 17: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and his daughter Malia Obama walk out of the White House hand-in-hand before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn June 17, 2016 in Washington, DC. The first family is traveling to New Mexico and tour Carlsbad Caverns National Park to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the creation of America's national park system. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 17: (L-R) U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha Obama and Malia Obama, and President Barack Obama leave the White House before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn June 17, 2016 in Washington, DC. The first family is traveling to New Mexico and tour Carlsbad Caverns National Park to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the creation of America's national park system. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

U.S. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia Obama and Sasha Obama leave the White House before boarding Marine Oe on the South Lawn June 17, 2016 in Washington, DC. The first family is traveling to New Mexico and tour Carlsbad Caverns National Park to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the creation of America's national park system.

US President Barack Obama and the first family walk to Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, on June 15, 2016, to travel to National Parks in New Mexico and California . / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama and the first family walk to Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, on June 15, 2016, to travel to National Parks in New Mexico and California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama and the first family board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, on June 15, 2016, to travel to National Parks in New Mexico and California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US First Lady Michelle Obama (L) and US President Barack Obama board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, on June 15, 2016, to travel to National Parks in New Mexico and California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)


121 Responses to “The First Family Heads West”


  1. 1 desertflower
    June 17, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Hey:) Love that they still hold hands

  2. 3 Wilson Michael
    June 17, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Hello TODers. Lovely pics of the first family to start my day.

  3. 4 Niliathiel
    June 17, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Gorgeous people 🙂

  4. 5 symmetry11
    June 17, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Love these! I am going to miss them.

  5. June 17, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    In that first picture Malia looks like she is singing a happy song.

  6. 7 Nerdy Wonka
    June 17, 2016 at 3:12 pm

  7. 8 arapaho415
    June 17, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    GA TODville.

    I’m unreasonably excited about the First Family’s visit to the west! Nature girl at heart, love NPS!

    NerdyW., THANK YOU for the gorgeous photos of the First Family as they depart the swamps of DC to the wonders of the west!

  8. 10 No Child Left Behind
    June 17, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Some girls above are tall!!!

    Beautiful FIRST FAMILY!

  9. 11 arapaho415
    June 17, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    I get a 404 error when I click on Knoller’s link, but good to know the street lights are still shaped like alien heads…

  10. 15 arapaho415
    June 17, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Was wondering who would greet the First Family (was hoping that Meta and my fav Senator would be there, but no…).

  11. 21 MightyPamela
    June 17, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Oh my goodness gracious me! Here I am weeping into my tea, I so love each of these people, for all the reasons they should be loved!! I smile to think we once worried just a bit, that Sasha might be the ‘short one’! Obviously she had no intention of that!! ❤️🌹🙏🏻🙏🏻🌹❤️ I hope they have a blissful, laughter-filled weekend, celebrating the finest of all Dads!!

  12. 22 MightyPamela
    June 17, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Shoot. Now I need to have a backpack just like Sasha’s…

  13. 23 arapaho415
    June 17, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Can you tell I’m unreasonably excited about the First Family out west? (They’re setting foot in a place I’ve actually been! Swoon 🙂 ).

    • 24 carla4obama
      June 17, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      What is interesting, Gov. Martinez (republican) was on hand to great our President. Good for her. When Donald Trump was in New Mexico a month or so ago at a campaign rally, she did not attend. She was “busy”. She is hispanic and I don’t believe she wants anything to do with Trump.

      • 25 arapaho415
        June 17, 2016 at 9:12 pm

        There’s lots of interesting Latino GOP politicians in the West (pro-choice Brian Sandoval of NV comes to mind), who, unlike the rest of their party are *sane.*

        For who-knows-what-reason, Trump keeps saying publicly that Susana Martinez is a terrible Governor — how that helps him (even with his racist supporters) is beyond me.

        Glad to see her there too, and to see that she and PBO had a meaningful conversation (unlike AZ’s bony-fingered Jan Brewer — man, I wanted to slap her upside the head when she wagged her finger at PBO — just infuriating, and one of the many bigoted reasons the GOP will nominate #DonTheCon to represent their party in Nov. Gag.

  14. 27 desertflower
    June 17, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2016/06/17/3789379/trump-machado-voting/

    Venezuelan model and actress Alicia Machado says it took her many years to get over get over the abuse she suffered at the hands of Donald Trump when she was crowned Ms. Universe in 1996.
    “He made me feel small,” she told ThinkProgress in Spanish. “He threatened me, treated me rudely. He called me ‘Ms. Housekeeping’ in front of his friends.”
    Trump, then the owner of the beauty pageant, publicly mocked Machado for gaining weight and forced her to exercise in front of TV cameras. She said she was depressed and suffered from an eating disorder for several years as a result.
    “He hates girls,” she said. “He considers girls to be less. We have another status, to him.”
    Machado has lived in the U.S. for nearly 20 years now, and has a seven-year-old daughter who is a U.S. citizen. But she didn’t consider becoming a citizen herself until a few months ago, when Trump became the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee.
    “It was like a great monster reappearing in my life,” she said. “In the beginning, I thought there was no way this loco will ever win. But after the primaries I realized I need to vote. I can’t invite my community to step up if I won’t do it myself.”

    • 28 Don
      June 17, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      “In the beginning, I thought there was no way this loco will ever win. But after the primaries I realized I need to vote. I can’t invite my community to step up if I won’t do it myself.”

      Oh yes there is a way that a “loco” could win. We here in America have a long and rich tradition for voting “locos’ into office.

    • 29 globalcitizenlinda
      June 17, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      hope so many more can register and vote

  15. June 17, 2016 at 3:53 pm

  16. 31 Nena20409
    June 17, 2016 at 4:01 pm

  17. June 17, 2016 at 4:28 pm

  18. June 17, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    I see pictures of the first family and I feel a strong sense of warmth and comfort that something is very right in this world, and it shines in them.

  19. June 17, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    NM Governor show up to greet the President and his family, but she didn’t have the time to show up when Trump visit NM. Sure Trump will never have anything good to say about her.

    • June 17, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      I heard she had a “scheduling conflict”. 😉 Also heard same story about his TX visit because he wasn’t met there either. 😉😉. Lol.

  20. 41 No Child Left Behind
    June 17, 2016 at 5:08 pm

  21. 46 Allison
    June 17, 2016 at 5:11 pm

  22. 52 susanne
    June 17, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Aloha TOD Ohana!
    I’ve been MIA for a while, still lurking when I can. Love these photos of the First Family! Thank you Nerdy and all the BTs for keeping the lights on here. Big hugs and best wishes for Chips and familia, and the TOD DC travelers!

    Okay, I’ve been searching for more info and photos of the Obama family trip to New Mexico (where I lived for 20 years and where I have family) and it’s the usual desert. Here’s a nice editorial from the Santa Fe New Mexican, the capitol’s main paper.

    http://www.santafenewmexican.com/opinion/editorials/our-view-new-mexico-greets-the-first-family/article_3c81a0d7-ea89-521c-9f37-c3a6cfe9f838.html

    Sadly, it’s a tiny headline on a side column in the lower section of the website. I mean, really??!!

    Does anyone know where the Obama family will be staying? I can’t think of anyplace in that general area that would be suitable. Hope they enjoy the magnificent caverns!

    • 53 arapaho415
      June 17, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      GM Susanne, thanks for posting!

      As you know from living there, Roswell/Carlsbad/Las Cruces area is more like west TX than NM, a world away from Santa Fe.

      If the First Family will be in Yosemite tomorrow, they might spend the night in CA — shorter plane trip than the one they took from DC, and they’ll be flying west so they’ll pick up an additional hour in their day.

      Here’s link to another video of the First Family’s arrival in Roswell. (Looks like the girls were warned that it’ll be COLD underground, so they changed out of their skirts to keep warm.)

      • 54 susanne
        June 17, 2016 at 5:42 pm

        Hi Arapaho!
        It’s such a wonderful cavern, especially on a hot day 🙂
        Maybe the family will just sleep on the plane. I can’t even think of where they might go to eat in Roswell. And I have eaten in Roswell many times.
        I’m glad to see the governor showed up to greet the president. That’s a long way from Santa Fe, and you know her plane is what we used to call a ‘vomit comet’, bouncing around in the desert winds.
        Love that the family is taking this vacation together!

        • 55 arapaho415
          June 17, 2016 at 7:14 pm

          Ahhh, here’s our answer. The First Family spending the night in Yosemite. What a wonderful evening for them, hope they get to spend some quiet time outside with no one (except for Secret Service, and Pete Souza [?], of course) around.

  23. 57 sherijr
    June 17, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    They are such a magnificent family. Beautiful that dad and daughter still hold hands… my 16 yr old son would go nuts if I held his hand :).. he does give me periodic surprise hugs now and then 🙂

  24. June 17, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    These pictures are so sweet. 😊

  25. June 17, 2016 at 6:14 pm

  26. 60 Dudette
    June 17, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    • 61 arapaho415
      June 17, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      Thanks Dudette and everyone in DC at TOD meet up.

      If you get a chance, recommend visiting the Memorials at night, especially Vietnam Memorial. since you’re in a group, safety shouldn’t be a concern after dark.The Jefferson Memorial is like something out of Disneyland, with all the Memorials lighted up, reflecting on the Potomac. And the Vietnam Memorial is very moving at night — fewer crowds and very somber. When I was there I flipped through the book that lists all names on the Wall, and the vast majority were born in the 1940s and died in the 1960s, most in their teens or twenties. 😦

  27. 62 Dudette
    June 17, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Not my photos but great anyway 😄

  28. 63 JER
    June 17, 2016 at 6:28 pm

  29. 64 jacquelineoboomer
    June 17, 2016 at 6:31 pm

  30. 65 JER
    June 17, 2016 at 6:44 pm

  31. 66 Gazelle
    June 17, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Help! Am at restaurant to meet TODers in DC, but can’t find them. Did location/time change?

    • 67 donna dem 4 obama
      June 17, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      Yes. I sent you an email once we got back in from a day of touring. The restaurant couldn’t accommodate us because of our size until 9:00. I’m so sorry Gazelle.

    • 72 mtmarilyn
      June 17, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      Can you wait for us. So sorry.

    • 75 Dudette
      June 17, 2016 at 7:21 pm

      You’re one block away from White House if you’re at Old Ebbitt Grill. Go take some photos or have dinner. We’ll be there at 9. Some of the group may not want to wait that long to eat, so part of the group may have dinner. They might eat prior and just join the group for drinks (and/or dessert) and good company. Still others may others may be too pooped to party after a day of sightseeing. Sure hope you’re up to joining us. Sorry for the mixup.

  32. 79 jacquelineoboomer
    June 17, 2016 at 6:59 pm

  33. 80 arapaho415
    June 17, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Update on the First Family’s travels (didn’t linger at the airport, LOL):

    For those unfamiliar with the landscape of southeastern NM, here’s a short clip:

  34. 81 Dudette
    June 17, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Sasha looks as tall as her Mom now. Wow!

  35. 82 Nerdy Wonka
    June 17, 2016 at 7:26 pm

  36. 83 JER
    June 17, 2016 at 7:26 pm

  37. June 17, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Thank you NerdyWonka for this splendid bouquet of pictures of our precious First Family, heading out to enjoy the great American Outdoors, the treasure of our National Parks, the company of each other and break from their everyday school year routine. The first and third ones, of PBO and Malia, and then of FLOTUS and Sasha, move me so much. So much love, connection, trust, memory, strength, intimacy, in these images. How do you do it? Thank you for doing it. You bless us and the world. Hoping that Ms. Chips and her mom are getting along in the best way things can go every day. I love TOD.

  38. 87 donna dem 4 obama
    June 17, 2016 at 7:37 pm

  39. 96 donna dem 4 obama
    June 17, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Trust me pictures don’t do this beauty justice!!!!

  40. 98 donna dem 4 obama
    June 17, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Donna and VC practicing for the “job”

    • 99 jacquelineoboomer
      June 17, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      OMG – Neither one of you lovelies would want to take the VP slot – how about one term as Prez each?

    • 100 globalcitizenlinda
      June 17, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Donna, thanks a lot for the photos;

      Great to see that you are having fun, together;

      enjoy the blessings of all those with who you are sharing this precious time

  41. 101 Dudette
    June 17, 2016 at 7:59 pm

  42. June 17, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Orale vatos y vatas! Que onda?

  43. 105 JER
    June 17, 2016 at 8:05 pm

  44. June 17, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Breaking LL news: I have an interview to get on the promotion list this coming Thursday.

  45. 112 JER
    June 17, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    • 113 arapaho415
      June 17, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      Thanks JER!

      Had no idea PBO will be speaking tomorrow, what a treat!

      Looks like the link in this tweet is a good place to keep an eye on for updates (time? Thankfully since the First Family is on PDT it won’t be at 6am for us west coasters).

      Think everyone who has visited Yosemite valley has a snapshot from this scenic overlook:

  46. 114 JER
    June 17, 2016 at 8:24 pm

  47. 115 Dudette
    June 17, 2016 at 8:26 pm

  48. 116 Dudette
    June 17, 2016 at 8:27 pm

  49. 117 Dudette
    June 17, 2016 at 8:34 pm

  50. 118 jacquelineoboomer
    June 17, 2016 at 8:49 pm

  51. 120 desertflower
    June 17, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    DT is visiting Phoenix tomorrow. We have excessive heat advisory in effect for days…..not going to be pretty.

  52. June 17, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    Thanks Nerdy W. for this post. Enjoying our members of the TOD family in DC. Great group in the photo. Oh, to be there with the group and enjoy the fun. Thanks Chips for bringing such a great family together. Just think of all of the love, kind thoughts of goodness, prayers, and support we all have benefited from Chips efforts during our POTUS presidency. This brings tears to my eyes. Great indeed. Thank my dear
    Chips. (((((((((((((((((( Love you so dearly)))))))))))))) Loving hugs and healing to you precious mother. () Prayers and thoughts coming your way.

    I hope and pray that our First Family will have a beautiful time out our way. The most gorgeous First Family ever. Let us enjoy each moment that we have left in their travels and making history together.

    It is very hot in Cali., today and we expect to have even hotter conditions for tomorrow. I am staying in and waiting for my great-niece to arrive on Tues. I am giving thanks for her visit. HZ


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