Obama met by Alaska dignitaries upon arrival at JBER

President Obama is expected to take the stage at the GLACIER conference after landing at JBER in Anchorage about 1:30 this afternoon and greeted a few hundred Alaskans waiting for him on the JBER runway, including Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and Senator Dan Sullivan.

“Thank you so much, it’s great to be here. how are you? Thanks… appreciate you guys, thanks for your service.”

Ninety-four-year-old Poldine Carlo of Fairbanks said sang a song to Obama in Koyukon Athabascan to mark the administration’s decision to change the name of North America’s highest peak from Mt. McKinley to Denali.

President Barach Obama and Alaska Governor Bill Walker disembark off Air Force One on Monday afternoon. Photo: Marc Lester.
President Barach Obama and Alaska Governor Bill Walker disembark off Air Force One on Monday afternoon. Photo: Marc Lester.

Governor Bill Walker flew with the President on Air Force One to Anchorage. He says he got a full tour of the plane. And all together spent about an hour and a half with the President:

“It was really enjoyable. I had a good chance to visit with the President and with member of his key staff. I’ve arrived in Alaska a lot of ways and I’ve gotta say that was the most enjoyable. So it was really fun, a good experience, a good opportunity for me to have some very meaningful discussions with the President.”

Obama spent the afternoon meeting with Alaska Native leaders.

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Annie Feidt is the Editor and Producer of Alaska News Nightly, and is also a frequent contributor to the show. Her reporting has taken her searching for polar bears on the Chukchi Sea ice, out to remote checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail, and up on the Eklutna Glacier with scientists studying its retreat. Her stories have been heard nationally on NPR and Marketplace.

Annie’s career in radio journalism began in 1998 at Minnesota Public Radio, where she produced the regional edition of All Things Considered. She moved to Anchorage in 2004 with her husband, intending to stay in the 49thstate just a few years. She has no plans to leave anytime soon.

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