Obamas Soak Up Grand Canyon

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2009 6:44 PM CDT
President Barack Obama with his wife Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia Obama, 11, Sasha Obama, 8, tour the Grand Canyon in Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz., Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – President Obama wrapped up the recreational side of his travel weekend by visiting the Grand Canyon and peppering park rangers with questions about it, the Arizona Republic reports. With Michelle, their daughters, and other members of the Obama clan, the president marveled at a view he last witnessed at age 11. Asked if it appeared the same to him, he said, "It does!"

He also visited Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park and went fly fishing in a Montana River over the weekend, breaks from town hall–style gatherings where he promoted health care reform, the AP reports. "Here in Montana you've got bears and moose and elk," Obama said at an event in Belgrade, Mont. "In Washington, you have mostly bull. So this is a nice change of pace!"