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President Obama highlights national parks during Yosemite visit


Photo by Greg Little
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk to a group of fourth graders during a stop in Yosemite National Park on Saturday.
Photo by Greg Little President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk to a group of fourth graders during a stop in Yosemite National Park on Saturday.

Editor’s note: The Mariposa Gazette had close access during President Barack Obama’s visit on Saturday to Yosemite National Park. However, because of poor wireless service, we were unable to send information during the visit. Below is a brief story about the visit and we’ll have complete coverage of the visit it this week’s edition.


By GREG LITTLE

Editor

President Barack Obama, and his family, paid a visit to Yosemite National Park on Saturday, part of a three-day mini vacation.

The President was in Yosemite to highlight the importance of national parks. Obama toured several areas of the park and gave a speech during a stop in Yosemite Valley. In the speech, Obama said he feels strongly that national parks have to be preserved and enhanced.

During part of the speech, Obama said he remembered traveling to Yellowstone National Park when he was 11 years old. The President said he clearly remembered seeing a moose for the first time in his life.

Obama said that moment “changed” his life and made him appreciate the importance of national parks.

The President surprised many people during his trip to Glacier Point, one of the most popular spots in the Park. Without a formal announcement, the President left his motorcade and walked Four Mile Trail down the mountain.

The motorcade proceeded from the top of the mountain without the President and his family as they all walked the trail, stopping to greet people along the way.

The President also met with a group of fourth grade students, telling them about the importance of national parks. The President and First Lady Michelle Obama sat on the ground and posed for a photo with the students.

We’ll have much more about the President’s visit in our newspaper this week.



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