U.S. President Barack Obama and his family tour Carlsbad Caverns to have the chance to see the stalactites and bats of Carlsbad Caverns. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (no reporter narration) STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama and his family tour Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico as part of a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The July 17-19 trip to New Mexico and California is a way for Obama to promote his environmental track record during his time in office, while also spending time with his teen daughters, Malia and Sasha. "I want to make sure that the American people are able to enjoy the incredible national parks, the incredible beauty, the mountains, the oceans, that have been one of the greatest gifts that we've ever received," Obama said in a preview of his trip posted on Facebook. Obama has worked to cement his legacy on environmental protections as the end of his time in office draws nearer. The White House said that he has protected more than 265 million acres of public lands and waters and historic sites with new parks, monuments and restrictions for development - more than any other president. To mark the centennial of the national parks system in 2016, Obama launched a plan to give all fourth grade students and their families free access to visit national parks.