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Obama Launches Great Outdoors Initiative

President hopes to protect wilderness, create jobs, and get Americans outdoors through new program

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Waffling on getting outdoors this weekend? Just do it: Even the President is getting in on the act. Obama held a news conference this morning to launch the Great Outdoors Initiative, a new executive plan to protect more of our wild spaces, establish urban parks, and get Americans outside and active. In an unusual move, Obama hopes to enact much of the initiative through local government, volunteer organizations, and private groups rather than use the heavy hand of federal government.

To help pull all this off, he plans to host listening sessions across the country to cull the best ideas to incorporate into the Great Outdoors Initiative.

In his speech, Obama clearly outlined his process to build the Great Outdoors Initiative:

To doubters, President Obama presented this compelling answer:

Don’t think I could’ve said it better myself. I guess that’s why I’m not president.

—Ted Alvarez