President Obama in Yellowstone National Park

President Obama in Yellowstone National Park


(Sound of Air Force 1 taxiing) ♪♪(Guitar strumming)♪♪ Secretary Salazar:
President Obama and
his family decided as part of their summer they would
actually visit national parks because it is a
unifying American idea, fundamentally democratic, and
very much a part of our future. President Obama:
I have great
memories of being here. My grandma, my mom, and my
sister, who is with us today, she was two at the time, and
we traveled throughout the country the entire summer. Our last stop was
our favorite stop. Ken Burns:
The national parks, I think,
are studies in leadership. How presidents have related to
the national parks have been in some ways defining aspects of
their larger leadership quality. ♪♪ Park Ranger:
Well, I think it’s always
special when a president visits anywhere. Chester A. Arthur was the first
to visit Yellowstone in 1883. President Theodore Roosevelt,
Roosevelt came in 1903. Then in 1923 Warren Harding. In 1927 silent Calvin
Coolidge visited us. Then in 1937 FDR, President
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, came. ♪♪ Newscaster:
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, swinging through the west on a campaign tour, took time out for a
visit to Yellowstone National Park. An exponent of conservation,
Mr. Roosevelt backed many measures aimed at enlarging our national
forests and preserving wildlife. This was a moment of relaxation
amid the scenes he loved. Former President Ford:
This is a moment that I
have been looking forward to for a long, long time. To return to Yellowstone where
I spent one of the greatest summers of my life. Park Ranger:
Gerald Ford was an interesting
example of a President, because he had been a
park ranger in Yellowstone. Then after Ford, Jimmy Carter
came to Yellowstone and was again fishing, was
his primary focus. After Carter, George Herbert
Walker Bush who came to Yellowstone in 1989. Bill Clinton was here twice. Former President Clinton:
Yellowstone is the symbol of our national parks because it’s the
oldest one and the first one in the history of the world. Park Ranger:
And then after Bill
Clinton, of course, we had President Barack Obama. President Obama: You know, the
thing I remember most was, you know, driving by and
seeing — it was elk. And I remember bison. In fact, I ran up close to a
bison and took some pictures of him. (laughter) Park Ranger:
It’s never a good idea
to approach bison closely. Park Ranger:
The Recovery Act has
been a real boon for us. It’s been welcome dollars. The great thing about the way
the National Park Service in Yellowstone approached
the Recovery Act, the funding with that, was we
wind up a variety of projects that we already had in the queue
of things that we wanted to do. ♪♪ President Obama:
The notion that collectively
we come together and we say, you know, we’re going
to preserve some things that last beyond our
individual lives, that we’re going
to pass that on. And we have to do it together. You know, that’s part of what is
hopefully best about our government. And so every once in a while we
need the ability to step back from our personal wants and
project something finer and better for future generations. That’s what the park
district is all about. ♪♪

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