Presidential dreams are a walk in the park

July 8, 2010

What do presidents dream of when living at the White House?

For President Barack Obama it’s the simple things in life that he misses. OBAMA/

“Taking walks. There is a value to anonymity in terms of just being able to wander around, sit on a park bench, take your kids to get ice cream without having Secret Service and helicopters over you,” Obama said in an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 television.

“That part of this life I’ll never get used to,” he said.

“In fact, I remember when I first visited Jerusalem, I could wander through the Old City and haggle for some gifts to bring back to Michelle, or stand at the Wailing Wall, and people didn’t know who I was.”

“And that is a profound pleasure that is very hard to experience now,” Obama said.

(Aside from walking though, we’d like to point out that when it comes to other modes of transportation, the president does have an armored limo, planes and helicopters at his disposal).

Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Obama walks with Secret Service agents after going to a movie while on vacation in Hawaii)

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