President Barack Obama took an impromptu stroll Wednesday along the National Mall, and some bystanders freaked out at the prospect of meeting their commander in chief.
“It’s good to be out,” Obama quipped to reporters. “The bear is loose.”
He greeted people along the way with handshakes, hugs and White House-branded M&M’s. One enthusiastic woman asked the President to snap a photo with her family.
“This is like the best day of my life,” she said as the picture was taken. “Someone’s gonna think you’re, like, wax.”
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at email@example.com.