The Obamas visit Yosemite for Father’s Day weekend

The National Park Service turns 100 in August and to celebrate the beauty of America’s parklands, the first family visited Yosemite this weekend.

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9 thoughts on “The Obamas visit Yosemite for Father’s Day weekend”

  1. A good friend of mine just returned from Yosemite and said it was an absolute nightmare in the valley due to all the secret service. It took 45 minutes to just go from point A to point B. The president comes with a lot of baggage.

    1. Hooey- This time of year at Yosemite? It takes 45 minutes to get into the park. With or without the President. A good friend of mine —– baggage— hahahahahaha. Our parks are crowded– period.

  2. I wonder if President Obama met with Tom McClintock for cocktails at the Yosemite Majestic hotel. In a fit of rage, Tom voted to shut down the government, including Yosemite. What a bone head and reckless steward!

    1. Bernie or Hillary needs to stack the Supreme Court such that the corporation that stole the traditional names of Yosemite landmarks is promptly deprived of them, and the names are forever returned to the common usage pool.

  3. Douglas,
    Speaking of traditional, here are some words from the Yosemite tribal people of those lands.
    This illustrates the difficulty the Nisenan have had in asserting their identity to their present day community and the Federal Government.
    It’s as if the rest of the country and the world don’t think California had indian tribes.
    In fact California is unique in the nation for it’s tribal diversity.
    I can’t believe the organizers didn’t at least introduce the Obamas to Dr. Julia Parker, a major figure in Yosemite’s tribal culture who speaks eloquently for her people and their valley.

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