Obama delights tourists with rare stroll

2014-05-22 08:42
US President Barack Obama waves to pedestrians as he walks through the Ellipse in Washington, DC. (Jim Watson, AFP)

US President Barack Obama waves to pedestrians as he walks through the Ellipse in Washington, DC. (Jim Watson, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Washington - Sightseers in Washington got more than they bargained for on Wednesday, bumping into Barack Obama as he decided to take an impromptu stroll in the US capital city.

In a rare foray outside the armoured-plated security of the presidential motorcade, Obama opted to walk from the White House to the Department of the Interior, a couple of blocks away.

"The bear is loose!" quipped Obama. "It's good to be out."

Obama, flanked by several bodyguards, took time to chat with a group of Israeli and Chinese tourists during his short walk, according to journalists who accompanied him.

After making a short speech at the Department of the Interior, where he announced the federal protection of a region of New Mexico, the president returned to the White House on foot.

He shook hands with several more tourists on his way back, as well as a man running a hot dog stand.

One family with two young children were given boxes of White House M&M candies, while another group of tourists were startled when Obama called out: "How's it going guys?"

"We can shake hands. I won't bite," Obama added, before speaking to a sixth grade school student and inquiring about homework.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    barack obama  |  us

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Win over Boks was 'massive' for Japanese rugby
Girls be hating the fat boys
VIDEO: Six of the best dummy passes from the RWC
Boks can brace for Wales - bookies
Traffic Alerts

It is always easier to notice the faults in others rather than face our own. Focusing too much on the perfect and ideal scenario...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.