President Obama arrived with his personal photographer earlier today at
Here's the pool report of his arrival:
President Obama touched down at the landing field at Walter Reed National
Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., at 2:20 p.m. He stepped off
Marine One two minutes later, accompanied by Pete Souza.
At 2:23 p.m., the motorcade was rolling and President Obama arrived at
Building One at 2:26 p.m. to visit wounded troops. Your pool could not see
him. We are holding nearby.
Souza is Obama's personal White House photographer.
A little more than an hour later, Obama left. Here's the pool report from his departure:
At 3:41 p.m., President Obama's motorcade left Building One at Walter Reed
National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. After winding through the
Walter Reed campus, he arrived at the landing field at 3:45 p.m.
President Obama walked across the field an boarded Marine One at 3:46 p.m.
He was wheels up at 3:49 p.m. for the short flight back to the WhiteHouse.
Information from the WhiteHouse about his private visits with wounded
troops is forthcoming.
UPDATE: The White House pooler adds:
A White House official provided the following background information about
President Obama's visit to Walter Reed this afternoon:
During his visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center today, the
President met with 16 wounded service members – 10 Soldiers, 5 Marines and
1 NATO Forces Member. While at the hospital, the President awarded 2 purple
hearts and took part in 1 promotion ceremony.