Up Close & Personal With The President

RENO, Nev.- After descending down the stairs of Air Force One, it took only seconds for President Obama to make his way to a crowd of Air National Guard families and others waiting on the tarmac.

Who knew during his conversations with moms and dads, the President would pick up Airman Justin Hanselman's baby Mason for a Kodak moment.

“Now he's got something under his belt and he's only 8 months old,” says Hanselman.

Justin has done two tours in Afghanistan.

He says he came in this week to lend an extra hand.

The guard has been working for one week 12 hours a day with secret service agents to make sure the compound was safe and secure for the president.

They take obvious pride in their work and service.

Major Jason Bast who served 5 tours in Afghanistan says the icing on the cake was seeing his son Dalton in the president's arms.

“It's one of those things I'll probably realize it more later. I was kind of in shock video taping holding the camera still. It was pretty neat. I'll probably watch it 10 or 15 times later tonight,” says Major Bast.

Pictures like those captured of Mason and Dalton were not anticipated.

But for Master Sergeant Michelle Anderson it was a different story.

She had to have known she'd be in the coverage as she was asked to be part of the greeting committee along with the commander of the air national guard.

“It's a beautiful day in Northern Nevada. From the general to the master sergeant next to me and myself, it was pretty much about the weather today,” said Anderson when asked what they talked about.

Whether it's about the weather, or the age of your baby--if the question comes from the president, it's a day you'll never forget.


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