President Barack Obama visited his massively expanded National Marine Reserve off the coast of Hawaii, using the opportunity to do some snorkeling with friends away from the eyes of the press corp.
The Papahānaumokuākea marine reserve was first created by President George W. Bush, but Obama has decided to expand it by over half a million square miles.
The new boundaries of Papahānaumokuākea marine reserve are larger than all national parks combined and over twice the size of Texas, according to Forbes’ Trevor Nace.
The president flew aboard Air Force One to Midway Atoll, before leading a golf cart sightseeing tour with the press.
“I can’t wait to get in,” he said, as he stood near the beach, pointing out area sea turtles.