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Obama Goes Out In Public Again

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| April 30 , 2015 , 10:46 IST
[caption id="attachment_25567" align="aligncenter" width="700"]"Good to see you," the president told the onlookers, according to the pool report. "I'm taking a walk. It's a beautiful day." (AP-photo) "Good to see you," the president told the onlookers, according to the pool report. "I'm taking a walk. It's a beautiful day." (AP-photo)[/caption] With Washington's unusually long winter hopefully over, President Barack Obama took a break from the confines of the White House to take a short stroll on the streets, something he did last year too. At noon, under a cloudless blue sky and a balmy 22 degrees Celsius temperature, Obama, wearing a black tie and white shirt, but no jacket walked out of the presidential mansion's northwest gate with 2015 National Teacher of the Year Shana Peeples, according to a pool report. [caption id="attachment_25572" align="aligncenter" width="700"]President Barack Obama walks toward Marine One after his visit with wounded military personnel at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. President Barack Obama walks toward Marine One after his visit with wounded military personnel at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda.[/caption] The president and Peeples, an English teacher at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas, whom he had honoured in a Rose Garden ceremony shortly before, walked across Jackson Place and up the street to H Street. He then stopped at Teaism, an Asian-inspired tea house just across the street from Lafayette Park in front of the White House. A few people sitting at outside tables waved as Obama walked by. "Good to see you," the president told the onlookers, according to the pool report. "I'm taking a walk. It's a beautiful day." Obama and Peeples then walked into the shop and emerged seven minutes later. [caption id="attachment_25573" align="aligncenter" width="700"]President Barack Obama gives Staff Sgt. Pedro Garcia Bibian, White House Television, an extreme close-up while walking toward Marine One. President Barack Obama gives Staff Sgt. Pedro Garcia Bibian, White House Television, an extreme close-up while walking toward Marine One.[/caption] He was carrying a brown paper shopping bag and plastic cup "filled with a liquid that appeared to be tea", the poll report said. They headed back down Jackson Place and walked through the White House gate nine minutes later -- to take care of the world's problems once again. In May 2014 too, he had surprised tourists on the National Mall, choosing to walk rather than ride to a meeting at the interior department. Three weeks later, he did it again walking a block and half to a nearby Starbucks for a cup of coffee with Chief of Staff Denis McDonough telling a staffer on the way out, "the bear is loose again".