ANCHORAGE, Alaska — President Barack Obama is opening a historic trip to Alaska that will make him the first sitting president to visit the Alaska Arctic.
The president arrived on Monday afternoon at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, just outside of Anchorage. He'll spend three days in the state in an aggressive effort to build support for fighting climate change.
Obama's first stop is a listening session with Alaska Natives. Later Monday, he plans to give a speech on climate change and the Arctic at a State Department-sponsored conference involving Arctic and non-Arctic leaders.
While in Alaska, Obama will meet with fishermen, hike a melting glacier, and tour a national park by boat. He'll close his trip Wednesday with a visit to the tiny town of Kotzebue, north of the Arctic Circle.