(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- Former President Barack Obama and his chief White House photographer, Pete Souza, got together recently to look over images from the Obamas’ excursions to national parks.
The two are reminiscing in a video about some of the trips they made together for the former commander-in-chief’s new Netflix series, Our Great National Parks. One of the pleasures of being President of the United States has to be the opportunity to visit some of the world’s most beautiful locations with the family.
Former President Obama and Souza discussed national parks, including the Grand Canyon, Carlsbad Caverns, Yosemite, Patagonia, and Alaska. They also talk about why the Secret Service personnel accompanying them were the most nervous they had ever been in some of those places.
Looking over photographs of his visit to the Grand Canyon National Park, Obama remembered that the park rangers and Secret Service were ‘quite nervous’ when he stepped close to a ledge. They warned him he was getting a little too close like his mother did when he first visited the park when he was eleven years old.
Obama recalls the Carlsbad Caverns National Park, pointing to a photo of his family. He thought the caves were remarkable and didn’t think they would be as tremendous as they were.
At some point, the lights were shut off in the cave, and not a thing could be seen. That startled the Secret Service agents because Obama couldn’t be seen. Souza recalled that the darkness was pretty spooky.
Obama recalls Yosemite National Park as the most breathtaking landscape he’d ever seen. In the video, the former president recalls strolling through waterfalls amid rainbows formed by the mist. He said his daughter Sasha always talks about that vacation and would love to return to the park someday.
Souza’s favorite recollection of the trip was photographing the presidential chopper Marine One at twilight, obscuring Yosemite’s renowned granite rock structure Half Dome.
One of the best memories for Obama was his trip to Alaska.
Obama saw Alaska as vast and wild. He saw the grandeur and majesty in just about every place in the 49th state. He feels it was one of the best trips he ever made during his administration.