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From: "Eilperin, Juliet" >
Date: September 1, 2016 at 2:43:27 PM HST
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Subject: Travel pool report #6: Obama statement at Midway Turtle Beach
Standing on a pier by Turtle Beach, President Obama delivered a short statement to the press pool. Please check quotes against the transcript. Behind it, a vast expanse of white sandy beach and turquoise water was visible.
"Let me start by saying that this is hallowed ground," he said, noting that this was the site of the 1942 Battle of Midway, where "a number of young men lost their lives here... For us to be able to visit this monument and remind ourselves of the sailors and airmen and everyone involved who were able to rebuff the Japanese force, that was vastly outnumbered, is a testament to their courage and their perseverance."
"It is also spectacular as an ecosystem, and our ability to not just designate but build on this incredible natural beauty that is home to 7,000 marine species, that sees millions of birds, many of them endangered, sea turtles, Hawaiian monk seals, black coral, all sorts of species that in many other places we no longer see, we'll extend that 550,000 miles in ways that ensure not only that Midway itself is protected, that the entire ecosystem will be able to generate the kind of biodiversity that allows us to study it, research and understand our oceans better than we ever have before."
"It's also critically important for us to examine the effects climate change are taking here in the Pacific Ocean, the world's largest body of water," the president continued. "And as I said yesterday there are countries that now are at risk, and they have to move as a consequence of climate change. There are enormous effects on the human presence in the ocean that some creatures are having to adapt to, and some cannot adapt to."
"And for us to be able to protect and preserve this national monument, to extend it, and, most importantly, to interact with native Hawaiians and other stakeholders so that the way we protect and manage this facility is consistent with ancient traditions and the best science available, this is going to be a precious resource for generations to come."
"I look forward to knowing that 20 years from now, 40 years from now, 100 years from now this is a place where people can still come to and see what a place like this looks like when it's not overcrowded or destroyed by human populations."