The president strode out of the residence onto the South Lawn of the White House at 9:10 a.m. and boarded Marine One alone right at 9:11. He was followed a few moments later by Josh Earnest, Tony Blinken, Rob Nabors and Pete Souza.
The helicopter lifted off at 9:14 into a cloudless, bright blue sky under a bright morning sun, en route to Andrews Air Force base for a trip to New Orleans.
Watching from a balcony were a couple score onlookers who were attending a film symposium at the White House organized by first lady.
Michael A. Lindenberger
The Dallas Morning News