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Obama Visits Wounded Troops—With Photographer

4:09 PM, Mar 5, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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President Obama arrived with his personal photographer earlier today at Walter Reed National
Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland to visit wounded troops.

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 White House.

Information from the White House 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.

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