Obama Visits Troops on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • President Barack Obama greets service members on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013. Obama visited the base to thank the service members for their commitment to the mission in Iraq and Afghanistan.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. James Mercure
  • President Barack Obama shakes hands with troops on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013.
 White House photo by Pete Souza
  • Marines and sailors stand at attention during the playing of the national anthem before President Barack Obama arrives to speak on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. James Mercure
  • Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson, the commanding general of 1st Marine Division, introduces President Barack Obama to a crowd of Marines, sailors and family members at the air station on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Michael Cifuentes
  • Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson, the commanding general of 1st Marine Division, introduces President Barrack Obama to a crowd of Marines, sailors and family members at the air station on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Michael Cifuentes
  • President Barack Obama speaks to a crowd of Marines, sailors and family members on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Michael Cifuentes
  • Marines, sailors and families applaud President Barack Obama during his speech on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. James Mercure
  • President Barack Obama speaks to a crowd of Marines, sailors and family members on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Michael Cifuentes
  • Marines, sailors and families listen to President Barack Obama during his visit on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013. Obama praised the troops and referred to their families as the "force behind the force."  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. James Mercure
  • President Barack Obama speaks to a crowd of Marines, sailors and family members on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Michael Cifuentes
  • President Barack Obama speaks to Marines, sailors and family members during a visit on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. James Mercure
  • President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cpl. Devin Zuccherino after delivering a speech thanking Marines of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force for their commitment to being the most ready when the nation is least ready on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Michael Cifuentes
  • President Barack Obama shakes hands with a little girl after thanking Marines, sailors and family members during a speech on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Michael Cifuentes
  • President Barack Obama shakes hands with Marines and sailors after thanking them for their commitment during a speech on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Michael Cifuentes
  • President Barack Obama greets troops on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013, after delivering a speech to thank them for their commitment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. James Mercure