US President Barack Obama and his family escaped the blistering heat of the Chihuahuan Desert on Friday when they went through a maze of ancient caverns where the only sound was the drip-dripping from stalactites. While relaxing in the renowned park, President Barack Obama took time out of his vacation schedule to meet with a class of fourth graders and give a speech on climate change.
Costa said the president said he’ll talk Saturday about the importance of the nation’s parks and the need to encourage more people of color to visit.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the creation of the country’s national park system, the Obamas are visiting Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico and Yosemite National Park in California.
Yosemite was protected by Congress and President Lincoln in 1864, and formally added to the National Park System when it was established 100 years ago.
People wait near Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park.
In a likely nod to recent political remarks, Obama said, “it shouldn’t lead to careless suggestions that somehow we don’t get serious about carbon emissions that are released in the atmosphere, or that we scrap an global treaty that we spent years trying to put together to deal with this”.
As a green meadow waved gently in the breeze behind him, Obama marveled at Yosemite’s natural beauty even as he warned of the imminent threats posed by climate change. “Climate change is no longer just a threat”.
Phillip Kilbridge, CEO of Nature Bridge, a non-profit that helps connect children and national parks, said the group of students in attendance were in awe.
Locals also told Breitbart News that nearby military bases had been preparing for the arrival of Air Force One and the Obama family.
“How many of you guys have been to a national park?” the president asked. This will be the 3rd time a president has landed at Castle Airport, but the first in decades.
Obama and his family plan to stay at a suite in the hotel formerly known as the Ahwahnee, the luxury establishment that has been renamed the Majestic Yosemite Hotel due to a trademark battle with the park’s former concessionaire. “And I want to make sure every kid feels like that”.
Neubacher said Obama’s remarks about climate change hit close to home.
Since Obama took office, 22 sites have been included in the national parks system under the Antiquities Act, according to information from the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Obama was the second president Martin has seen in person.
“When you think about Obama’s record in terms of conservation in California, it’s a state that has absolutely benefitted from his presidency in so many ways”, said Kristen Brengel, vice president of government affairs for the National Parks Conservation Association.