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The President’s Day In Alaska

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Markers throughout Exit Glacier show how much it’s receded over time. The impacts of climate change are real, and the people of Alaska are living with them every day. It’s never been more important for us to work together to address this challenge. -bo

President Barack Obama pauses to view the Exit Glacier in Seward, Alaska, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, which according to National Park Service research, has retreated approximately 1.25 miles over the past 200 years. Obama is on a historic three-day trip to Alaska aimed at showing solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama pauses to view the Exit Glacier in Seward, Alaska, which according to National Park Service research, has retreated approximately 1.25 miles over the past 200 years

President Barack Obama speaks to members of the media while on a hike to the Exit Glacier in Seward, Alaska, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, which according to National Park Service research, has retreated approximately 1.25 miles over the past 200 years. Obama is on a historic three-day trip to Alaska aimed at showing solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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U.S. President Barack Obama stops to make remarks to reporters as he hikes to the Exit Glacier at Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, Alaska, September 1, 2015. President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a faster timetable for buying a new heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Arctic, where quickly melting sea ice has spurred more maritime traffic and the United States has fallen far behind Russian resources. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


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U.S. President Barack Obama makes a selection at the Sweet Darlings ice cream shop before taking a boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, Alaska September 1, 2015. During a three-day visit Obama is also slated to meet people in remote Arctic communities whose way of life is affected by rising ocean levels, creating images designed to build support for regulations to curb carbon emissions. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama makes a selection at the Sweet Darlings ice cream shop

U.S. President Barack Obama greets fellow customers at the Sweet Darlings ice cream shop before taking a boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, Alaska September 1, 2015. During a three-day visit Obama is also slated to meet people in remote Arctic communities whose way of life is affected by rising ocean levels, in a bid to build support for regulations to curb carbon emissions. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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President Barack Obama greets people in downtown Seward, Alaska, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, after takes a hike to view the Exit Glacier. Obama is on a historic three-day trip to Alaska aimed at showing solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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President Barack Obama takes a boat tour to see the effects of global warming at the Kenai Fjords National Park, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Seward, Alaska. Obama is on a historic three-day trip to Alaska aimed at showing solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama takes a boat tour to see the effects of climate change at the Kenai Fjords National Park

President Barack Obama speaks to reporters before taking a boat tour at the Kenai Fjords National Park, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Seward, Alaska. Obama is on a historic three-day trip to Alaska aimed at showing solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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Doug Mills: President Obama looks from his boat at Bear Glacer during his boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska. @POTUS

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks before taking a boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, Alaska September 1, 2015. During a three-day visit Obama is also slated to meet people in remote Arctic communities whose way of life is affected by rising ocean levels, creating images designed to build support for regulations to curb carbon emissions. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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75 Responses to “The President’s Day In Alaska”


  1. 1 amk for obama
    September 1, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    furst.

  2. September 1, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    This is gorgeous:

  3. 14 hopefruit2
    September 1, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    These are some beautiful pictures. 🙂 Thanks Nerdy!

  4. 16 Dudette
    September 1, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Another great collection from our Curator in Residence! Thank you Nerdy!

  5. 18 jacquelineoboomer
    September 1, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    This is one of the most stunningly beautiful backdrops for a Presidential visit, ehvah. I’m guessing the President enjoyed every bit of being in the great outdoors – sure looks like it. Stunning area of our country.

    Thanks, Nerdy, for bringing all of this to us!

  6. 20 amk for obama
    September 1, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    why 1961?

    • September 1, 2015 at 11:42 pm

      Barack H Obama was born in 1961! Also this glacier has receded so much since that date when the edge was at this marker.

    • 22 globalcitizenlinda
      September 1, 2015 at 11:51 pm

      have seen some photos of him at different markers for different years;

      my guess is that PBO could not resist emphasizing one marker which shows the year he was born and contrast this with the more rapid disappearances that come at later makers

  7. 23 Dudette
    September 1, 2015 at 11:17 pm

  8. 24 Dudette
    September 1, 2015 at 11:18 pm

  9. 26 Obama Grandmama
    September 1, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    Been there, done that! Cool to see the AK pictures having lived in that state and taught school there for ten years.

  10. 27 Nerdy Wonka
    September 1, 2015 at 11:21 pm

  11. 28 Dudette
    September 1, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    I posted a version of this last night, but I later ran across this one with some stunning video of birds in flight. Just had to share it.
    Subtitles are the lyrics in Portuguese.

  12. 33 sjterrid
    September 1, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    Thanks, Nerdy. Fantastic collection of pictures from Alaska today.

  13. 35 Dudette
    September 1, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    • 36 Dudette
      September 1, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    • 37 jacquelineoboomer
      September 1, 2015 at 11:46 pm

      Ever look at some people and take a wild guess they’re even uglier on the inside?

      • September 2, 2015 at 12:51 am

        Hi Jacqueline!!

        Still laughing at the comment you posted in the previous thread re: REA 😀

        BTW, any info on the scans your son had, today? Hope they were completely normal!!

        • 39 jacquelineoboomer
          September 2, 2015 at 10:38 am

          Bob – Glad you laughed! I went to dreamland early, and didn’t get a chance to see your reaction. My son, so far, hasn’t gotten any info on the scans (had a brain MRI and then a body PET Scan), and his appointment with the oncologist isn’t until Sept. 14. I’m looking forward to the “completely normal” part! Thanks for asking and for helping me keep that hope alive, until we hear!

    • 40 criquet
      September 1, 2015 at 11:46 pm

      Is this woman related to Dick Cheney? She looks as if she could be family to him.!!!

      • 41 Dudette
        September 2, 2015 at 10:25 am

        Wow, good eye, criquet. She does look like him!
        If someone were to photoshop his face on her picture, I’d be hard pressed to see a difference.

  14. September 1, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Thanks for the gorgeous post, Nerdy! Even though our President is in Alaska for a serious purpose, he’s having a ball being out in such a stunning part of the country.

  15. 44 Dudette
    September 1, 2015 at 11:39 pm

  16. 45 jacquelineoboomer
    September 1, 2015 at 11:43 pm

  17. 50 MightyPamela
    September 1, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    ❤ 🐻 TOD 🐻 ❤

  18. September 1, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Thanks NW for the beautiful photos. I’ve missed the whole day. Hope everyone had a great one.

  19. 52 vcprezofan2
    September 1, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Thanks, NerdyW; Good work!
    ================================================================

    What I Saw in Alaska BY JOHN P. HOLDREN – SEPTEMBER 1, 2015 AT 10:09 AM ET
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    Summary: OSTP Director John Holdren reflects on the two days he and other senior OSTP officials spent traveling in Alaska this past weekend.
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    This week, President Obama is visiting Alaska to experience firsthand how climate change is affecting Alaska and the greater Arctic, and to meet with Alaskans across the state – in locations as diverse as Anchorage, Seward, Dillingham, and Kotzebue – who are dealing with the consequences of climate change.

    In support of the President’s trip, I spent the past weekend making my own stops in Alaska to learn more about how climate change is already affecting local communities and ecosystems, and to engage with Alaskans working to tackle climate-related challenges.

    I was joined on the trip by three other senior officials from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP): Tamara Dickinson, the leader of OSTP’s Environment & Energy division; Ambassador Mark Brzezinski, Executive Director of the U.S. Government’s Arctic Executive Steering Committee and former U.S. Ambassador to Sweden; and Beth Kerttula, Director of the National Ocean Council, as well as a native Alaskan and former minority leader in the Alaska state legislature. I wanted to share a few observations with you about what we saw.

    …………………………………….. //

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/09/01/what-i-saw-alaska

    • 53 vcprezofan2
      September 1, 2015 at 11:56 pm

      Oops, too big! NerdyW, would you please cut this down 50% or so? TY

    • 54 CEB
      September 2, 2015 at 8:47 am

      I love, love, love that there is a White House Office of Science and technology and one that does so much more than author studies that gather dust and nothing happens. Government has been so much more effective under PBO.

      Is Amb. Mark Brezezinski Mika’s brother? If so, my what a difference in the siblings. Bet I know of which their father is most proud.

      • 55 vcprezofan2
        September 2, 2015 at 10:03 am

        From Wikipedia:

        Mark Francis Brzezinski is an American lawyer and political appointee who was the Ambassador to Sweden. He is the son of Polish-born former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski and the grandson of Polish diplomat Tadeusz Brzeziński.

        Born: April 7, 1965 (age 50), United States of America
        Spouse: Natalia Lopatniuk (m. 2008)
        Siblings: Mika Brzezinski, Ian Brzezinski

  20. 57 yardarm756
    September 2, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Subject:The cabby

    A true story from the Manchester Evening Times

    Last Wednesday, a passenger in a taxi heading for Salford station leaned over to ask the driver a question and gently tapped him on the shoulder to get his attention.

    The driver screamed, lost control of the cab, nearly hit a bus, drove up over the curb and stopped just inches from a large plate window.

    For a few moments everything was silent in the cab. Then, the shaking driver said “Are you OK? I’m so sorry, but you scared the daylights out of me.”

    The badly shaken passenger apologized to the driver and said, “I didn’t realize that a mere tap on the shoulder would startle someone so badly.”

    The driver replied, “No, no, I’m the one who is sorry. It’s entirely my fault. Today is my very first day driving a cab. I’ve been driving a hearse for the past 25 years.”

  21. 62 vcprezofan2
    September 2, 2015 at 12:45 am

    G’Night ye night owls! Catch up with you later.

  22. 65 99ts
    September 2, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Interesting article
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-02/sparrow-petraeus-anti-terror-laws/6743282

    “Petraeus wants American officials to recruit Al Qaeda members in Syria as part of the fight against Islamic State.

    Now, there’s no doubt that an ordinary citizen urging soldiers to negotiate with Al Qaeda’s Syrian franchise would be immediately detained (particularly if his name was Mohammed), with Tony Abbott holding a 10-flag press conference to celebrate.

    No one really imagines that Petraeus will get a 4am door knock from ASIO, simply because things like that don’t happen to celebrity generals. But his new plan does provide a dramatic illustration of just what the war on terror has become.”

    And why on earth is such a person speaking in Australia? War folks got to encourage war perhaps.

  23. September 2, 2015 at 1:57 am

    In 1997 my wife and I and another couple took a boat tour of the Kenai fiords from exactly those same docks in the picture above. It was totally fantastic. I’m so glad our President was able to do this as well. The glaciers in the area have receded at an incredible rate since then. Many of them shrinking away from the water where they “calved” their giant chucks of ice, receding now back into the mountains. If you see that, then any denial of global warming is totally undermined.

  24. 68 Blake
    September 2, 2015 at 2:37 am

    Thank you for coming to Seward! It’s nice to feel a part of the u.s.a. It was especially nice of the surprise stop downtown and shaking people’s hands. It’s the little things that make a big difference. Thanks again.

  25. 69 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    September 2, 2015 at 6:48 am

    GOOD MORNING TOD FAMILY…SO THRILLED FOR PBO HAVING SUCH AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE IN ALASKA!!!!!! HOPING TO CATCH MORE TODAY…………………………………….BLESSINGS EVERYONE!

  26. 70 No Child Left Behind
    September 2, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Good Morning TODVille!

    It’s hump day you know!

  27. September 2, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Good morning TOD!
    What beautiful pics of our President in my next Bucket List state to visit.
    I cannot wait to get there.
    A friend of mine and her family moved there right after high school. I thought it was so cruel and sad to take her away from Ga.(of alll places)
    Her Mother was an excellent educator, smart, brillant woman. She wanted to teach the Native Alaskans. My friend asked me on several occasions to visit. I was too young to take advantage of that experience.
    Over the years We stopped communicating.
    The last time I saw her was at our first high school reunion. She looked marvelous and peaceful. I did not get a chance to tell her that. But every time I looked at pictures from Alaska I always though about her.
    My prayer is that she and her family are there to enjoy and experience this momentus occasion of our President’s visit to a beautiful people and their beautiful land.
    Have a great day!
    Off to walk in Central Park.

  28. 74 Roberta in MN
    September 2, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Good Morning Chips, TOD family and Nerdy thank you for the great round up. I have to go back and catch up maybe today. Thank you thank you thank you. Have a great day everyone. Chips, say HI to the Danny Boy too. 🙂


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