Sunday, May 15, 2016

Hail to the Chief: President Obama Arrives Amid Hail Storm in Newark

Newark, New Jersey: President Barack Obama briefly visited Newark on Sunday.

The president arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport amid a rain and hail storm on Air Force One at approximately 11:30am, where he met with Newark's mayor, Ras J. Baraka, and several other attendees. President Obama then boarded a helicopter, which traveled with four other choppers south to Rutgers University's High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, Middlesex County, where the president was the commencement speaker.

"I recognize it does not feel like the planet is warmer right now," the president told the crowd in Piscataway when discussing climate change. "I understand, there was hail when I landed in Newark," he said as the crowd laughed. 

Following his speech, President Obama returned to Newark aboard the helicopter before transferring back to Air Force One.

This is the second time in a year that the president has come to Newark. He visited the city in November and spoke at Rutgers' Newark campus.

Above: Air Force One lands at Newark Liberty International Airport

Above: President Obama arrives in Newark amid a hail storm

Above: Newark Mayor Ras Baraka meets President Obama

Above: Mayor Baraka hugs President Obama

Above: Mayor Baraka and President Obama walk to attendees at the airport

Above: President Obama meets attendees at the airport

Above: The president boards a helicopter bound for Rutgers University

Above: Helicopters bound for Rutgers ascend over Air Force One in Newark

Above: Air Force One and the New York skyline

Above: President Obama exits the helicopter

Above: President Obama climbs the steps to Air Force One

Above: Air Force One leaves Newark Liberty International Airport for Joint Base Andrews in Maryland

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