Obama comes to Fresno to talk droughtLoading
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    President Barack Obama, second from left, walks and chats with Joe De Bosque, second from right, and his wife Maria Gloria De Bosque, far right, while California governor Jerry Brown walks at the far left, addressing drought issues on the couple's farmland south of Los Banos, Calif. on Friday, February 14, 2014.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
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    Air Force One arrives with President Barack Obama in Fresno Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
    CRAIG KOHLRUSS | THE FRESNO BEE
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    President Barack Obama, center, greets Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, left, as Congressman Jim Costa watches after Obama landed in Fresno Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
    CRAIG KOHLRUSS | THE FRESNO BEE
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    President Barack Obama waves after his arrival at Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Friday February 14, 2014.
    JOHN WALKER | THE FRESNO BEE
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    Ben Patton looks to see if President Obama is about to land at Fresno Yosemite International Airport on Feb. 14, 2014
    MARK CROSSE | THE FRESNO BEE
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    About twenty Peace Fresno protesters gathered in front of the airport to protest the war in Afghanistan and drone strikes they say President Obama is responsible for, on Feb. 14, 2014.
    MARK CROSSE | THE FRESNO BEE
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    Secret Service keeps an eye on area farmland as President Barack Obama speaks to the media on farmland south of Los Banos, Calif. on Friday, February 14, 2014 addressing drought concerns.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
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    President Barack Obama, second from left, walks and talks with governor Jerry Brown, far left, and farming couple Joe De Bosque, second from right, and his wife Maria Gloria De Bosque, far right, on the couple's farmland south of Los Banos, Calif. on Friday, February 14, 2014.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
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    Students at Temperance-Kutner Elementary School run to a fence to get a closer look at Air Force One approaches, heading to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
    PATRICIA CLARK | SPECIAL TO THE BEE
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    Security personel scans the landscape before the arrival of President Barack Obama at Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Friday February 14, 2014.
    JOHN WALKER | THE FRESNO BEE
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    A Marine closes the door of one of the two presidential helicopters, before President Barak Obama's departure to the valley's westside, Friday afternoon, February 14, 2014.
    JOHN WALKER | THE FRESNO BEE
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    President Barak Obama listens to Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, left, as Senator Barbara Boxer, Congressman Jim Costa and Senator Dianne Feinstein listen on after the president arrives at Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Friday afternoon, February 14. 2014.
    JOHN WALKER | THE FRESNO BEE
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    Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearingin greets President Barack Obama after his arrival at Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Friday February 14, 2014.
    JOHN WALKER | THE FRESNO BEE
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    Members of the press corps prepare for the arrival of President Barack Obama at Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Friday February 14, 2014.
    JOHN WALKER | THE FRESNO BEE
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    President Barack Obama waves after arriving in Fresno Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
    CRAIG KOHLRUSS | THE FRESNO BEE
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    President Barack Obama salutes as he arrives in Fresno Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
    CRAIG KOHLRUSS | THE FRESNO BEE
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    An officer aboard Air Force One prepares for the arrival of President Barack Obama in Fresno Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
    CRAIG KOHLRUSS | THE FRESNO BEE
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    President Barack Obama waits before boarding Marine One in Fresno Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
    CRAIG KOHLRUSS | THE FRESNO BEE
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    President Barack Obama waves as he arrives in Fresno Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
    CRAIG KOHLRUSS | THE FRESNO BEE
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    President Barack Obama and Congressman Jim Costa wave after arriving in Fresno Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
    CRAIG KOHLRUSS | THE FRESNO BEE
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    One of two helicopters carrying President Barack Obama lifts off from the San Luis Water District Maintenance Shop where a roundtable meeting was held earlier in the day south of Los Banos, Calif. on Friday, February 14, 2014.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
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    President Barack Obama, second from left, greets Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, left, as Congressman Jim Costa, center, and Senator Dianne Finestein watch after Obama landed in Fresno Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
    CRAIG KOHLRUSS | THE FRESNO BEE
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    The motorcade including President Barack Obama drives through farmland south of Los Banos, Calif. on Friday, February 14, 2014.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
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    President Barack Obama, center, Congressman Jim Costa, left, and senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, right, arrive in Fresno Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
    CRAIG KOHLRUSS | THE FRESNO BEE
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    President Barack Obama aboard Marine One, left, with Air Force One in foreground, before a tour of the Valley's westside, Friday February 14, 2014.
    JOHN WALKER | THE FRESNO BEE
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    One of the Marine Osprey aircrafts accompanying President Barack Obama kicks up dust leaving Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Friday February 14, 2014.
    JOHN WALKER | THE FRESNO BEE
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    President Barack Obama, left, waves to the press as Jim Costa walks beside him to a roundtable meeting near Los Banos, Calif. on Friday, February 14, 2014.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
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    A member of the press records Marine 1 landing with President Barack Obamam for a roundtable meeting on Friday, February 14, 2014 near Los Banos, Calif.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
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    Law enforcement keep watch of surrounding farmland as President Barack Obama addressed the media on farmland south of Los Banos, Calif. on Friday, February 14, 2014.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
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    President Barack Obama, center, walks to a roundtable meeting after landing in Marine 1 with senator Dianne Feinstein to the left and congressman Jim Costa to the right, on Friday, February 14, 2014 near Los Banos, Calif.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
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    President Barack Obama, second from left, and California governor Jerry Brown, far left, walk along with Joe De Barque, second from right, and his wife Maria Gloria De Barque who faron the De Barques' farmland as they share challenges Friday, February 14, 2014 near Los Banos, Calif. In the middle of the frame falls shadows of the media along a canal.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
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    President Barack Obama, center, stands at a lecturn with politicians including Dianne Feinstein, far left, governor Jerry Brown, second from left, US Senator Barbara Boxer, second from right, and congressman Jim Costa, far right, with farming couple Joe De Bosque and his wife Maria Gloria De Bosque, in the background on the couple's farmland south of Los Banos, Calif. addressing drought issues to the media on Friday, February 14, 2014.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
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    A member of the press records Marine 1 landing with President Barack Obamam for a roundtable meeting on Friday, February 14, 2014 near Los Banos, Calif.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
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    President Barack Obama, center, stands at a lecturn with oliticians and Joe De Bosque and his wife Maria Gloria De Bosque on the couples farmland south of Los Banos, Calif. addressing drought issues to the media on Friday, February 14, 2014.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
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    President Barack Obama, left, stands at a lecturn with California Senator Barbara Boxer, far right, and farming couple Joe De Bosque, arms upraised, and his wife Maria Gloria De Bosque on the couples farmland south of Los Banos, Calif. addressing drought issues to the media on Friday, February 14, 2014.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
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    The media watch and record President Barack Obama, center, walking with politians to a lecturn before addressing the media on farmland south of Los Banos, Calif. Friday, February 14, 2014.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
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    An Osprey prepares to lift off from the San Luis Water District Maintenance Shop where a roundtable meeting for President Barack Obama was held earlier in the day south of Los Banos, Calif. on Friday, February 14, 2014.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
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    Spectators wait for the arrival of President Obama on Chestnut Ave. on Feb. 14, 2014.
    MARK CROSSE | THE FRESNO BEE
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    President Barack Obama, left, talks about drought issues with California governor Jerry Brown, in the center and state senator Barbara Boxer to the right, at a roundtable meeting on Friday, February 14, 2014 near Los Banos, Calif.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
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    President Barack Obama, left, talks about drought issues with California governor Jerry Brown, in the center, and state senator Barbara Boxer to the right, at a roundtable meeting on Friday, February 14, 2014 near Los Banos, Calif.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
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    Left to right, Kyle Allen, his mom Sherry Allen, and Linda Giron wait for the arrival of President Obama on Chestnut Ave. on Feb. 14, 2014.
    MARK CROSSE | THE FRESNO BEE
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    About twenty Peace Fresno protesters gathered in front of the airport to protest the war in Afghanistan and drone strikes they say President Obama is responsible for, on Feb. 14, 2014.
    MARK CROSSE | THE FRESNO BEE
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    Hundreds of spectators gathered on Chestnut Ave. to watch the landing and takeoff of President Obama as he briefly tours the valley to witness the drought conditions on Feb. 14, 2014.
    MARK CROSSE | THE FRESNO BEE
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    Spectators wait for the arrival of President Obama on Chestnut Ave. on Feb. 14, 2014.
    MARK CROSSE | THE FRESNO BEE
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    About twenty Peace Fresno protesters gathered in front of the airport to protest the war in Afghanistan and drone strikes they say President Obama is responsible for, on Feb. 14, 2014.
    MARK CROSSE | THE FRESNO BEE
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    Hundreds of spectators gathered on Chestnut Ave. west of the airport to watch the landing of President Obama on Feb. 14, 2014. The president landed in Air Force One and then took off via helicopter to view the results of drought conditions in the valley and meet with officials and farmers near Los Banos.
    MARK CROSSE | THE FRESNO BEE
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    Valerie Lopez of Los Banos brought her 12-year-old daughter, Leilani, to watch the landing of Air Force One at Fresno Yosemite International Airport. "This is so exciting," Lopez said.
    DIANA AGUILERA | THE FRESNO BEE
  • President Obama comes to California carrying drought aid landing at at Fresno Yosemite International Airport.. Feb. 14, 2014.
    Marc Benjamin | The Fresno Bee
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    Mario Rodriguez of Fresno plays the national anthem at Chestnut and Dakota avenues while waiting for the President Obama to arrive Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
    CARMEN GEORGE | THE FRESNO BEE
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    Air Force One departs from Fresno-Yosemite International Airport after President Barack Obama spent the day here touring the west side of the Central San Joaquin Valley and discussing the drought situation with leaders, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
    CRAIG KOHLRUSS | THE FRESNO BEE
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    Members of the media wait for President Barack Obama's return from touring the west side of the Central San Joaquin Valley, at Fresno-Yosemite International Airport, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
    CRAIG KOHLRUSS | THE FRESNO BEE
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    President Barack Obama, right, exits Marine One with Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and Congressman Jim Costa after touring the west side of the Central San Joaquin Valley, at Fresno-Yosemite International Airport, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
    CRAIG KOHLRUSS | THE FRESNO BEE
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    President Barack Obama puts his arm around Senator Barbara Boxer after returning from touring the west side of the Central San Joaquin Valley, at Fresno-Yosemite International Airport, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
    CRAIG KOHLRUSS | THE FRESNO BEE
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    One of two of President Barack Obama's Marine helicopters returns from touring the west side of the Central San Joaquin Valley, at Fresno-Yosemite International Airport, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
    CRAIG KOHLRUSS | THE FRESNO BEE
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    President Barack Obama, left, talks about drought issues with California governor Jerry Brown, to the right, at a roundtable meeting on Friday, February 14, 2014 near Los Banos, Calif.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
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    Rio Maynard and his son Abram, 4, watch Air Force One take off from Fresno Yosemite International Airport on Feb. 14, 2014. Several hundred spectators gathered on Chestnut Ave. to watch President Obama's plane take off after his visit to see drought conditions in the San Joaquin Valle.
    MARK CROSSE | THE FRESNO BEE
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    One of two of President Barack Obama's Marine helicopters returns from touring the west side of the Central San Joaquin Valley, at Fresno-Yosemite International Airport, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
    CRAIG KOHLRUSS | THE FRESNO BEE
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    President Barack Obama waves from the top of the stairs of Air Force One before leaving Fresno and after touring the west side of the Central San Joaquin Valley, at Fresno-Yosemite International Airport, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
    CRAIG KOHLRUSS | THE FRESNO BEE
President Barack Obama climbed aboard Marine One Friday afternoon for a short helicopter ride from Fresno Yosemite International Airport to Firebaugh, where he is scheduled to talk with farmers and community leaders in a closed-door meeting about federal drought aid.
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