Posts Tagged ‘national

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Aug
16

Early Bird Chat

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15
Jul
16

The President’s Thinking Hours

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Michael D. Shear: Obama After Dark: The Precious Hours Alone

“Are you up?” The emails arrive late, often after 1 a.m., tapped out on a secure BlackBerry from an email address known only to a few. The weary recipients know that once again, the boss has not yet gone to bed. The late-night interruptions from President Obama might be sharply worded questions about memos he has read. Sometimes they are taunts because the recipient’s sports team just lost. Last month it was a 12:30 a.m. email to Benjamin J. Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser, and Denis R. McDonough, the White House chief of staff, telling them he had finished reworking a speechwriter’s draft of presidential remarks for later that morning. Mr. Obama had spent three hours scrawling in longhand on a yellow legal pad an angry condemnation of Donald J. Trump’s response to the attack in Orlando, Fla., and told his aides they could pick up his rewrite at the White House usher’s office when they came in for work. Mr. Obama calls himself a “night guy,” and as president, he has come to consider the long, solitary hours after dark as essential as his time in the Oval Office.

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He works on speeches. He reads the stack of briefing papers delivered at 8 p.m. by the National Security Council staff secretary. He reads 10 letters from Americans chosen each day by his staff. “He is thoroughly predictable in having gone through every piece of paper that he gets,” said Tom Donilon, Mr. Obama’s national security adviser from 2010 to 2013. “You’ll come in in the morning, it will be there: questions, notes, decisions.”  One night last June, Cody Keenan, the president’s chief speechwriter, had just returned home from work at 9 p.m. and ordered pizza when he heard from the president: “Can you come back tonight?” Mr. Keenan met the president in the usher’s office on the first floor of the residence, where the two worked until nearly 11 p.m. on the president’s eulogy for nine African-Americans fatally shot during Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. Three months earlier, Mr. Keenan had had to return to the White House when the president summoned him — at midnight — to go over changes to a speech Mr. Obama was to deliver in Selma, Ala., on the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” when protesters were brutally beaten by the police on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. “There’s something about the night,” Mr. Keenan said, reflecting on his boss’s use of the time. “It’s smaller. It lets you think.”

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29
Jun
16

The President’s Day In Canada And The First Lady’s Day In Spain

(L-R)Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Barack Obama arrive for the North American Leaders Summit and Leaders Summit at the National Gallery of Canada on June 29, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. / AFP / Chris Roussakis (Photo credit should read CHRIS ROUSSAKIS/AFP/Getty Images)

(L-R)Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Barack Obama arrive for the North American Leaders Summit and Leaders Summit at the National Gallery of Canada on June 29, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. / AFP / Chris Roussakis (Photo credit should read CHRIS ROUSSAKIS/AFP/Getty Images)

President Enrique Pena Nieto, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and President Barack Obama arrive for the North American Leaders Summit and Leaders Summit at the National Gallery of Canada

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(L-R)Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Barack Obama arrive for the North American Leaders Summit and Leaders Summit at the National Gallery of Canada on June 29, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama(R)and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto meet during the North American Leaders Summit at the National Gallery of Canada on June 29, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

(L-R)Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, and US President Barack Obama speak during a bilateral meeting at the North American Leaders Summit on June 29, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Enrique Pena Nieto and President Barack Obama speak during a bilateral meeting

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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Barack Obama and their delegations wait for a working session during the North American Leaders Summit at the National Gallery of Canada on June 29, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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(L-R)Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Barack Obama pose for a group photo with Canada's Parliament Hill in the background during the North American Leaders Summit on June 29, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. / AFP / Chris Roussakis (Photo credit should read CHRIS ROUSSAKIS/AFP/Getty Images)

President Enrique Pena Nieto, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and President Barack Obama pose for a group photo

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(L-R)Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Barack Obama pose for a group photo with Canada's Parliament Hill in the background during the North American Leaders Summit on June 29, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. / AFP / Chris Roussakis (Photo credit should read CHRIS ROUSSAKIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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(L-R)Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Barack Obama pose for a group photo with Canada's Parliament Hill in the background during the North American Leaders Summit on June 29, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. / AFP / Chris Roussakis (Photo credit should read CHRIS ROUSSAKIS/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama (L) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shake hands before a meeting in the Cabinet Room at Parliament Hill while attending the North American Leaders Summit on June 29, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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U.S. President Barack Obama smiles during a joint news conference with Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico's president, not pictured, and Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, not pictured, at the National Gallery of Canada during the North American Leaders Summit (NALS) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Leaders from the three Nafta nations "agree on the need for governments of all major steel-producing countries to make strong and immediate commitments to address the problem of global excess steelmaking capacity," according to a statement from Trudeau. Photographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg via Getty Images

(L-R) Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau look on as US President Barack Obama speaks during a trilateral press conference at the North American Leaders Summit at the National Gallery of Canada June 29, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Enrique Pena Nieto, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and President Barack Obama hold a trilateral press conference

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U.S. President Barack Obama listens during a joint news conference with Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico's president, not pictured, and Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, not pictured, at the National Gallery of Canada during the North American Leaders Summit (NALS) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Leaders from the three Nafta nations "agree on the need for governments of all major steel-producing countries to make strong and immediate commitments to address the problem of global excess steelmaking capacity," according to a statement from Trudeau. Photographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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U.S. President Barack Obama, from center left, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, and Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, are applauded by school children outside of Parliament Hill after the North American Leaders Summit (NALS) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Leaders from the three Nafta nations "agree on the need for governments of all major steel-producing countries to make strong and immediate commitments to address the problem of global excess steelmaking capacity," according to a statement from Trudeau. Photographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, center left, and U.S. President Barack Obama, center right, greet school children outside of Parliament Hill after the North American Leaders Summit (NALS) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Leaders from the three Nafta nations "agree on the need for governments of all major steel-producing countries to make strong and immediate commitments to address the problem of global excess steelmaking capacity," according to a statement from Trudeau. Photographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Barack Obama is welcomed to Parliament Hill

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Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, left, and U.S. President Barack Obama, center, greet school children outside of Parliament Hill after the North American Leaders Summit (NALS) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Leaders from the three Nafta nations "agree on the need for governments of all major steel-producing countries to make strong and immediate commitments to address the problem of global excess steelmaking capacity," according to a statement from Trudeau. Photographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, from center left U.S. President Barack Obama, and Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, greet school children outside of Parliament Hill after the North American Leaders Summit (NALS) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Leaders from the three Nafta nations "agree on the need for governments of all major steel-producing countries to make strong and immediate commitments to address the problem of global excess steelmaking capacity," according to a statement from Trudeau. Photographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and others watch as US President Barack Obama signs a guest book at Parliament Hill during the North American Leaders Summit on June 29, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama signs a guest book at Parliament Hill

US President Barack Obama's signature is seen in a guest book at Parliament Hill while attending the North American Leaders Summit on June 29, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau (L) and US President Barack Obama exit the Hall of Honour on Parliament Hill following the North American Leaders Summit in Ottawa, June 28, 2016. / AFP / Chris Roussakis (Photo credit should read CHRIS ROUSSAKIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama (L) arrives with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (2L) to address Parliament in the House of Commons Chamber on Parliament Hill while attending the North American Leaders Summit on June 29, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama addresses Parliament in the House of Commons Chamber on Parliament Hill while attending the North American Leaders Summit and Leaders Summit June 29, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama addresses Parliament in the House of Commons Chamber on Parliament Hill

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US President Barack Obama (L) confers with Sophie Gregoire Trudeau before addressing Parliament in the House of Commons Chamber on Parliament Hill during the North American Leaders Summit on June 29, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama arrives to address Parliament in the House of Commons Chamber on Parliament Hill while attending the North American Leaders Summit on June 29, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama (L) waits with Sophie Gregoire Trudeau before addressing Parliament in the House of Commons Chamber on Parliament Hill while attending the North American Leaders Summit June 29, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama addresses Parliament in the House of Commons Chamber on Parliament Hill while attending the North American Leaders Summit on June 29, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama waves before addressing Parliament in the House of Commons Chamber on Parliament Hill while attending the North American Leaders Summit June 29, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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People watch as a motorcade with US President Barack Obama drives to Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport after the North American Leaders Summit on June 29, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

People watch as a motorcade with President Barack Obama drives to Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport after the North American Leaders Summit

US President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport after the North American Leaders Summit on June 29, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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First Lady Michelle Obama, First Daughters Malia and Sasha Obama, and Grandma Marian Robinson arrive in Madrid, Spain

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21
Jun
16

The President’s Day

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US President Barack Obama walks to Marine One after visiting Walter Reed National Military Medical Center June 21, 2016 in Bethesda, Maryland. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama walks to Marine One after visiting Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland

US President Barack Obama walks to a motorcade to travel to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center June 21, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

BETHESDA, MD - JUNE 21: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama walks to Marine One after visiting wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on June 21, 2016 in Bethesda, MD. (Photo by Joshua Roberts - Pool/Getty Images)

BETHESDA, MD - JUNE 21: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama walks to Marine One after visiting wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on June 21, 2016 in Bethesda, MD. (Photo by Joshua Roberts - Pool/Getty Images)

 

U.S. President Barack Obama boards Marine One after visiting wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, M.D., U.S. on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 21: U.S. President Barack Obama return to the White House June 21, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama spent the afternoon visiting wounded members of the U.S. military at the Walter Reed Medical Center. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

20
Jun
16

Early Bird Chat

US President Barack Obama and US first lady Michelle Obama walk to Marine One in Ahwahnee Meadow after visiting Yosemite National Park June 19, 2016 in Yosemite Vally, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks with park staff before boarding Marine One in Ahwahnee Meadow after visiting Yosemite National Park June 19, 2016 in Yosemite Vally, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks with park staff before boarding Marine One in Ahwahnee Meadow after visiting Yosemite National Park June 19, 2016 in Yosemite Vally, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama thanks park staff before boarding Marine One

From left: US President Barack Obama, US first lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha Obama and Malia Obama walk to Marine One in Ahwahnee Meadow after visiting Yosemite National Park June 19, 2016 in Yosemite Vally, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

From left: US President Barack Obama, daughter Malia Obama, US first lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Sasha Obama walk to Air Force One at Castle Airport June 19, 2016 in Merced County, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

From left US: President Barack Obama, US first lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia Obama and Sasha Obama board Air Force One at Castle Airport June 19, 2016 in Merced County, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

From left: US President Barack Obama, daughter Malia Obama, US first lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Sasha Obama walk to Air Force One at Castle Airport June 19, 2016 in Merced County, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

18
Jun
16

The President And First Lady’s Day In Yosemite

US President Barack Obama speaks while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama speaks while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama speaks in front of Cook’s Meadow and Yosemite Falls while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California

YOSEMITE NTL PARK, CA - JUNE 18: President Barack Obama speaks in front of Cook's Meadow and Yosemite Falls on June 18, 2016 in Yosemite National Park, California. Obama is marking the centennial of the National Park Service which began on August 25, 1916. (Photo by David Calvert/Getty Images)

YOSEMITE NTL PARK, CA - JUNE 18: President Barack Obama speaks in front of Cook's Meadow on June 18, 2016 in Yosemite National Park, California. Obama is marking the centennial of the National Park Service which began on August 25, 1916. (Photo by David Calvert/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

YOSEMITE NTL PARK, CA - JUNE 18: A tour bus with he hashtag #ElPREZATELCAP on June 18, 2016 in Yosemite National Park, California. President Barack Obama spoke to a crowd at Yosemite marking the centennial of the National Park Service which began on August 25, 1916. (Photo by David Calvert/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama greets guests after speaking while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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US First Lady Michelle Obama and US President Barack Obama pose with children after speaking to them about the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative in Yosemite National Park, California, while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama pose with children after speaking to them about the “Every Kid in the Park” initiative

US First Lady Michelle Obama (L) and US President Barack Obama hand out National Park passes to children for the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative in Yosemite National Park, California, while celebrating the 100th year of US National Parks June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama speaks to children about the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative in Yosemite National Park, California, while celebrating the 100th year of US National Parks June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US First Lady Michelle Obama watches as children help US President Barack Obama stand after he spoke to them about the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative in Yosemite National Park, California, while celebrating the 100th year of US National Parks June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US First Lady Michelle Obama listens while US President Barack Obama speaks to children about the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative in Yosemite National Park, California, while celebrating the 100th year of US National Parks June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US First Lady Michelle Obama and others listen while US President Barack Obama shows how to scare a bear while speaking to children about the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative in Yosemite National Park, California, while celebrating the 100th year of US National Parks June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama shows how to scare a bear while speaking to children

Children help US President Barack Obama stand after he spoke to them about the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative while celebrating the 100th year of US National Parks, on June 18, 2016 in Yosemite Valley, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Children help US President Barack Obama stand after he spoke to them about the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative while celebrating the 100th year of US National Parks, on June 18, 2016 in Yosemite Valley, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Children help President Barack Obama stand after he spoke to them about the “Every Kid in the Park” initiative

US First Lady Michelle Obama and US President Barack Obama sit with children after speaking to them about the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative while celebrating the 100th year of US National Parks, on June 18, 2016, in Yosemite National Park, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US First Lady Michelle Obama and US President Barack Obama talk after speaking to children about the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative in Yosemite National Park, California, while celebrating the 100th year of US National Parks June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Jun
16

Early Bird Chat

US President Barack Obama with first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha (R) and Malia (L) walk to board Air Force One at Roswell International Air Center on June 17, 2016 in Roswell, New Mexico. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama with First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia, walk to board Air Force One at Roswell International Air Center in Roswell, New Mexico

US President Barack Obama gets out from Marine One helicopter to board Air Force One at Roswell International Air Center June 17, 2016 in Roswell, New Mexico. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama and the first family walk to a motorcade after touring Carlsbad Caverns National Park on June 17, 2016 in Carlsbad, New Mexico. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama gets out from Marine One helicopter to board Air Force One at Roswell International Air Center June 17, 2016 in Roswell, New Mexico. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US first lady Michelle Obama with daughters Sasha and Malia and President Barack Obama walk to board Air Force One at Roswell International Air Center on June 17, 2016 in Roswell, New Mexico. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama with first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia (R) walk through Ahwahnee Meadow after arriving on Marine One June 17, 2016 in Yosemite Vally, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama with First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia, walk through Ahwahnee Meadow after arriving on Marine One in Yosemite Valley, California

US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive in Ahwahnee Meadow June 17, 2016 in Yosemite Vally, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama and the first family walk through Ahwahnee Meadow June 17, 2016 in Yosemite Vally, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama and the first family walk through Ahwahnee Meadow June 17, 2016 in Yosemite Vally, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama an dtheir daughters Sasha Obama and Malia walk through Ahwahnee Meadow after arriving on Marine One June 17, 2016 in Yosemite Vally, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Jun
16

The First Family In New Mexico

From left US President Barack Obama, Malia Obama, US First Lady Michelle Obama and Sasha Obama arrive at Roswell International Air Center on June 17, 2016 in Roswell, New Mexico. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama, Malia Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Sasha Obama arrive at Roswell International Air Center

US President Barack Obama arrives at Roswell International Air Center June 17, 2016 in Roswell, New Mexico. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Malia Obama (L) and Sasha Obama walk to a helicopter while looking back at their parents at Roswell International Air Center June 17, 2016 in Roswell, New Mexico. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Malia Obama (L) and Sasha Obama walk to a helicopter while looking back at US First Lady Michelle Obama and US President Barack Obama as they greet officials at Roswell International Air Center June 17, 2016 in Roswell, New Mexico. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US First Lady Michelle Obama (L) and US President Barack Obama walk from Marine One to an armored vehicle at a landing zone June 17, 2016 in Carlsbad, New Mexico. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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From left Sasha Obama, US President Barack Obama, US first lady Michelle Obama and Malia Obama tour Carlsbad Caverns National Park on June 17, 2016 in Carlsbad, New Mexico. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

A US Park Ranger gives US President Barack Obama (2L), Sasha Obama (C), first lady Michelle Obama (2R) and Malia Obama a tour of Carlsbad Caverns National Park on June 17, 2016 in Carlsbad, New Mexico. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

A US Park Ranger gives US President Barack Obama (2L), Sasha Obama (C), first lady Michelle Obama (2R) and Malia Obama a tour of Carlsbad Caverns National Park on June 17, 2016 in Carlsbad, New Mexico. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Jun
16

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)

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US President Barack Obama holds a baby as he greets guests during a picnic for members of Congress on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, June 14, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the annual picnic for Members of Congress at the White House June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day, Obama talked about the investigation into the mass shooting in Orlando and spoke at the first White House United State of Women Summit. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: U.S. President Barack Obama arrives at the annual picnic for Members of Congress at the White House June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day, Obama talked about the investigation into the mass shooting in Orlando and spoke at the first White House United State of Women Summit. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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10:15AM: President Obama meets with the Dalai Lama

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US President Barack Obama waves to guests from the Rose Garden during a picnic for members of Congress on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, June 14, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (L) and Oprah Winfrey (R) participate in a conversation on "Trailblazing the Path for the Next Generation of Women" during the White House Summit on the United State Of Women June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. The White House hosts the first ever summit to push for gender equality. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey speak at the White House Summit on the United State of Women

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US First lady Michelle Obama (L) gestures next to Oprah Winfrey on a stage at the White House Summit on the United State of Women in Washington, DC on June 14, 2016. / AFP / YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

US First lady Michelle Obama (L) and Oprah Winfrey speak at the White House Summit on the United State of Women in Washington, DC on June 14, 2016. / AFP / YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: (AFP-OUT) US President Barack Obama speaks on the Orlando shooting at the Treasury Department after convening with his National Security Council on June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama directly attacked Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: (AFP-OUT)US President Barack Obama (C) speaks on the Orlando shooting at the Treasury Department while Attorney General Loretta Lynch (L), Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (C-L), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford (C-R) and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (R) look on, on June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama directly attacked Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama speaks on the Orlando shooting at the Treasury Department while Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper look on. President Obama rebuked Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: (AFP-OUT) President Barack Obama, along with Vice President Joe Biden, meets with his National Security Council, including FBI Director James Comey, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and National Counterterrorism Center Director Nick Rasmussen, at the Treasury Department June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Obama received a briefing on the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The White House announced that Obama will visit Orlando on June 16. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: (AFP-OUT)US President Barack Obama (L) speaks on the Orlando shooting at the Treasury Department while Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford (R) look on, on June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama directly attacked Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Summit on the United State Of Women June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. The White House hosts the first ever summit to push for gender equality. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Summit on the United State Of Women

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Summit on the United State Of Women June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. The White House is hosting the first ever summit to push for gender equality. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

US President bBarack Obama speaks at the White House Summit on the "United State of Women" in Washington on June 14, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: U.S. President Barack Obama waves after he spoke during the White House Summit on the United State Of Women June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. The White House hosts the first ever summit to push for gender equality. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)




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