US President Barack Obama tours via boat the Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, Alaska. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) United States President Barack Obama took a boat tour of the Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, Alaska. "One of the things we have to think about is how to maintain our capabilities when it comes to maritime issues and commerce," Obama said after acknowledging that the changing nature or the Arctic, that he is highlighting is ''probably a consequence of climate change." Obama's three-hour boat tour road around Resurrection Bay to see the 12-mile- (19.3-km-) long Bear Glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park, the longest of 38 glaciers moving from the Harding ice field. Bear Glacier has receded more than two miles during the last 15 years, with large chunks dropping into a lake at its base. Obama's boat paused at three points to let photographers capture him at the bow of a tourist boat looking at Stellar sea lions basking on a rock or gazing at the magnificent vistas. Obama was set to complete his tour on Wednesday (September 2) with a stop in the salmon fishing center of Dillingham and then fly north of the Arctic Circle to the small town of Kotzebue.