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ABC’s Muir Swoons for Obama Snorkeling with Sea Turtles


<p>ABC&rsquo;s <em>World News Tonight</em> closed out the show Monday evening with a spotlight on President Barack Obama snorkeling off the coast of Hawaii for the National Geographic Channel. Anchor David Muir could barely contain his joy as he led into his report. &ldquo;Finally tonight here, President Obama taking a dive in a place he helped protect,&rdquo; he stated, while sounding elated.</p>

<p>&ldquo;They&rsquo;re images unlike anything we have seen before,&rdquo; hyped Muir, &ldquo;A sitting president snorkeling in open waters.&rdquo; The location the president was swimming in was Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The president expanded the size of the protected monument area through an <a href="… order</a> back in August of 2016.</p>

<p>According to <a href="…;, the president expanded the area &ldquo;after Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), along with conservationists and marine scientists, urged the president to protect the region&#39;s waters and marine life.&rdquo; &ldquo;The monument is now 582,578 square miles &hellip; an area more than twice the size of Texas,&rdquo; they added.</p>

<p>Muir was completely enamored with Obama&rsquo;s remembrance of his mother, &ldquo;It&#39;s a place he grew up with, a place he told the magazine that, along with his mother, helped shape his love of nature.&rdquo; &ldquo;She&rsquo;s the kind of person who would wake me up to see a full moon if it was particularly spectacular. Yeah, so I give her a lot of credit,&rdquo; Obama told NatGeo.</p>

<p>&ldquo;11 days before the next president, the current one and a question he&rsquo;s often asked,&rdquo; Muir coyly fawned:</p>

<p>People always ask, &ldquo;Why do I stay calm in the midst of crazy stuff going on?&rdquo; Well, I always tell people, I think part of it&rsquo;s being born in Hawaii and knowing what it&#39;s like to jump into the ocean and understanding what it means when you see a sea turtle in the face of a wave.</p>

<p>The president&rsquo;s interview was a part of a National Geographic Channel documentary titled &ldquo;Sea of Hope.&rdquo; The program also highlights the discovery of a new fish species, which had been named after the president. Tosanoides Obama is its scientific name, but it&rsquo;s also known as the &ldquo;<a href="…; target="_blank">hope fish</a>.&rdquo;</p>

<p>While ABC and Muir were swooning for Obama snorkeling in the calm waters off the coast of Hawaii, they were <a href="…; target="_blank">turning a blind-eye</a> to the turbulent waters of the Strait of Hormuz where the USS Mahan was harassed by Iranian boats and was forced to fire warning shots.&nbsp;</p>