May 22nd, 2014
12:46 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama goes for a walk

(CNN) - President Obama stunned tourists and others outside of the White House as he decided to take a stroll to the nearby Interior Department, accompanied by his sizable security detail.

The White House posted video of the rare outdoor trek, which took place Wednesday.

Obama shook hands, hugged, took photos and passed out White House M&M's to the surprised passers-by.

One woman, who introduced herself as Karen, asked for a picture and said it was "the best day of her life."

"Oh my gosh. Someone's going to think you're like wax," she added, as the photo was being taken.


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soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. mountainlady5281

    I don't care what your politics are. If a person gets an opportunity to shake hands with the President of the United States it's HUGE!. Notice that not one person turns their back and walks away. I would even have enjoyed shaking the hand of George Bush..... it's the President, folks. Happens I like this one so....wow. I'm envious.

    May 22, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Obama has to have his daily photo ops, to keep himself in celeb central.

    May 22, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Dave

    Poor Republicans. People don't like your presidents anymore. Not even Reagan.

    May 22, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. Wayne

    Tomorrow's headline: "Obama eats a bagel"

    May 22, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. rjsenterp

    I would have avoided him. Him and his Obamacare program is going to bankrupt this country.

    May 22, 2014 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. daviddavid

    The only demographic that feels Obama is trustworthy and capable of doing the job are Democrats. (At 80% approximate average, frightening group think)
    Independents and Republicans (The Majority of Americans) no longer believe in his leadership ability. (Asked on a range of questions: Trustworthy, ability to do the job, cares about people like us, etc.)

    May 22, 2014 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. Donna

    Obama shook hands, hugged, took photos and passed out White House M&M's to the surprised passers-by.
    -–

    Obama, the Trick or Treat President.... the Trick is on us though.

    May 22, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. strangerq

    God bless President Obama and his family.

    May 22, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    mountainlady5281 you said it just about as good as I could. I would have loved to have shaken his hand. It's a rare opportunity indeed to shake the hand of the President of the United States.....:)

    May 22, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. Jimmy Zee

    Politics aside it has to be an honor to meet the President.

    May 22, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. claudius1964

    News at 5..... Obama has a beverage.

    May 22, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. claudius1964

    Breaking News..... The president turns his head.

    May 22, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. Bill from GA

    yeahright – " Our tax dollars paying for security for a WALK? "

    What, do you think that they HIRED extra security for this walk? They are already on the payroll, like they are, still, for every living President. ( I could have ended this comment at: "do you think" ; clearly, you don't.)

    May 22, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. bill

    good–stay out of the WH and maybe the VA, IRS, Libra, and all the other scandals will go away. PLUS since he learns about any scandal from news reports maybe some citizen will give him the info to run the WH.

    May 22, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. jb1963

    poor rjsenterp. Still bitter about losing to a black man. If Bush would have walked in the street he would have been beaten up.

    May 22, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Fellowes

    very nice

    May 22, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. Johnny Triumph

    I agree with a few others, regardless what you think of Obama and his policies he's still the President. We all should be happy to shake his hand and be pleased that we met the President of the United States!

    May 22, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. liberal disease

    instead of working he is out strolling, no wonder why he never knows what is going on our government..

    May 22, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. CryBabies

    @ Jimmy Zee....You're right...it would be an honor after all he is The President.

    May 22, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. goblackhawks

    these "folks" probably were shocked .. they thought he floated .. since he is the DEMS messiah ... glad he is busy at work doing something about : Benghazi, VA Hosp, IRS , Fast and Furious , etc,etc

    May 22, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. Silence DoGood

    @daviddavid "Independents and Republicans (The Majority of Americans) no longer believe in his leadership ability. "
    ----------
    No longer? You mean last year these folks just loved him? two years ago? When did they NOT hate him?
    If you make up a factoid, it should at least seem like a real story.

    May 22, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. drushsean

    Seems about what he is capable of. Walking and handing out M&M's.

    May 22, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. The Real Answer

    Calm down people.... he is just taking a walk to the closet news stand to get a newspaper so he can find out what is going on in his administration. It also makes for a good "man of the people" photo op, you know, a feel good story. It helps battle that last story about our veterans dying at the hands of his incompetent administration.

    May 22, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  24. Lily

    He really cares. Only those whom he beat them twice have hard feeling on him.

    May 22, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. Nick

    Like he doesn't have anything better to do...maybe he'll see the walk on TV tonight and say again "I found out about this the same way you did, from the news...".

    May 22, 2014 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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