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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Air Force One takes off as President Barack Obama departed Charlotte after making a speech at the American Legion convention before the thousands of Legionnaires on Tuesday August 26, 2014.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Air Force One begins to roll as President Barack Obama departed Charlotte after making a speech at the American Legion convention before the thousands of Legionnaires on Tuesday August 26, 2014.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama waves goodbye as he departed Charlotte after making a speech at the American Legion convention before the thousands of Legionnaires on Tuesday August 26, 2014.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama departed Charlotte after making a speech at the American Legion convention before the thousands of Legionnaires on Tuesday August 26, 2014.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama gets a salute as he departed Charlotte after making a speech at the American Legion convention before the thousands of Legionnaires on Tuesday August 26, 2014.
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    Erin Bacon - The Charlotte Observer
    A NASCAR family walks across the tarmac following their meeting with President Barack Obama as he arrived in Charlotte. They took a tour aboard Air Force One while he spoke in Charlotte Tuesday August 26, 2014 to the national convention of the American Legion. They are seen here departing the plane before the president's departure from Charlotte.
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    The presedential motorcade moves south on I-77 in Charlotte following President Barack Obama's speech to the national convention of the American Leagon on Tuesday August 26, 2014. NCDOT
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer directs a lone protester to another area outside the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    A police officer and Secret Service agents approach a lone protester outside the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama shakes hands with audience members after speaking to the 96th American Legion National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Audience members listen as President Barack Obama speaks at the American Legion's 96th National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    National Commander Daniel Dellinger shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the American Legion's 96th National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama greets attendees at the American Legion's 96th National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama greets veterans at the American Legion's 96th National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    American Legion audience members applaud President Barack Obama as he speaks to the 96th American Legion National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    National Commander Daniel Dellinger shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the American Legion's 96th National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama arrives at the American Legion's 96th National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Robert McDonald, the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs waves to the audience as he is introduced by President Barack Obama during a speech to the 96th American Legion National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    American Legion members applaud President Barack Obama as he speaks to the 96th American Legion National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama speaks at the American Legion's 96th National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama speaks at the American Legion's 96th National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Audience members listen as President Barack Obama speaks at the American Legion's 96th National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama speaks at the American Legion's 96th National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Audience members listen as President Barack Obama speaks at the American Legion's 96th National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama speaks at the American Legion's 96th National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Audience members listen as President Barack Obama speaks at the American Legion's 96th National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama speaks to the 96th American Legion National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama and others speak to the 96th American Legion National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama speaks to the 96th American Legion National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama speaks at the American Legion's 96th National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama speaks to the 96th American Legion National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama speaks to the 96th American Legion National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama speaks at the American Legion's 96th National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama speaks at the American Legion's 96th National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama speaks at the American Legion's 96th National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama speaks at the American Legion's 96th National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama speaks at the American Legion's 96th National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama arrives at the American Legion's 96th National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama touched down in Charlotte to make a speech at the American Legion convention before the thousands of Legionnaires on Tuesday August 26, 2014. President Obama waves to the crowd as he heads to his limo.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Onlookers line E. Stonewall St. outside the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC while waiting for the arrival of President Obama's motorcade on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    A Charlotte, NC police motorcycle detail arrives outside the Charlotte Convention Center on E. Stonewall St. in Charlotte, NC during the arrival of President Obama's motorcade on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    A CATS bus and Medic vehicle block a section of South Brevard St. and E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. prior to the arrival of President Obama's motorcade at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Spectators gather near the intersection of E. Stonewall St. and S. College St. hoping to catch a glimpse of President Obama's motorcade as he arrived at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Spectators gather along S. College St. hoping to catch a glimpse of President Obama's motorcade as he arrived at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Onlookers line S. College St. near the intersection of E. Stonewall St. while waiting for the arrival of President Obama's motorcade to the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    A Charlotte police officer passes in front of a motorcycle detail near the intersection of E. Stonewall St. and S. College St. during President Obama's speech at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    The presidential motorcade pulls out as people gathered take photos of the departure. President Barack Obama touched down in Charlotte to make a speech at the American Legion convention before the thousands of Legionnaires on Tuesday August 26, 2014.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama reaches into a gathering of more than 60 military and their friends and family waiting to see his arrival in Charlotte. He touched down in Charlotte to make a speech at the American Legion convention before the thousands of Legionnaires on Tuesday August 26, 2014.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Mayor Dan Clodfelter, Sen. Kay Hagan and Sen. Richard Burr were three of the dignitaries waiting to greet the president after he descended the stairs of Air Force One. President Barack Obama touched down in Charlotte to make a speech at the American Legion convention before the thousands of Legionnaires on Tuesday August 26, 2014.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama meets with dignitaries before he gets into the motorcade Tuesday morning. He touched down in Charlotte to make a speech at the American Legion convention before the thousands of Legionnaires on Tuesday August 26, 2014.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Mayor Dan Clodfelter, Sen. Kay Hagan and Sen. Richard Burr were three of the dignitaries waiting to greet the president after he descended the stairs of Air Force One. President Barack Obama touched down in Charlotte to make a speech at the American Legion convention before the thousands of Legionnaires on Tuesday August 26, 2014.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Sen Kay Hagan, Mayor Dan Clodfelter and Sen. Richard Burr wait for the president's arrival Tuesday morning. President Barack Obama touched down in Charlotte to make a speech at the American Legion convention before the thousands of Legionnaires on Tuesday August 26, 2014.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama touched down in Charlotte to make a speech at the American Legion convention before the thousands of Legionnaires on Tuesday August 26, 2014.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama touched down in Charlotte to make a speech at the American Legion convention before the thousands of Legionnaires on Tuesday August 26, 2014.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Military security and Secret Service wait as Air Force One taxis into position. President Barack Obama touched down in Charlotte to make a speech at the American Legion convention before the thousands of Legionnaires on Tuesday August 26, 2014.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama touched down in Charlotte to make a speech at the American Legion convention before the thousands of Legionnaires on Tuesday August 26, 2014.
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    Charles Dharapak - AP
    President Barack Obama is greeted by Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., left, who has criticized the Obama administration on veterans issues, as he arrives at North Carolina Air National Guard Base in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Obama is in Charlotte to address the American Legion’s 96th National Convention. At right is Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Charles Dharapak - AP
    President Barack Obama is greeted by Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., second left, who has criticized the Obama administration on veterans issues, as he arrives at North Carolina Air National Guard Base in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Obama is in Charlotte to address the American Legion’s 96th National Convention. At right is Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., greeting Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald, and at left is Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    SAUL LOEB - AFP/Getty Images
    US President Barack Obama greets North Carolina Democratic Senator Kay Hagan upon arrival at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, August 26, 2014. Obama will speak at the American Legion's 96th National Convention. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
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    SAUL LOEB - AFP/Getty Images
    US President Barack Obama greets North Carolina Democratic Senator Kay Hagan upon arrival at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, August 26, 2014. Obama will speak at the American Legion's 96th National Convention. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
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    SAUL LOEB - AFP/Getty Images
    US President Barack Obama greets North Carolina Democratic Senator Kay Hagan upon arrival at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, August 26, 2014. Obama will speak at the American Legion's 96th National Convention. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
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    Jeff Siner - The Charlotte Observer
    Transportation trucks block an intersection of E. Stonewall St. and S. College St. prior to the arrival of President Obama on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
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    SAUL LOEB - AFP/Getty Images
    US President Barack Obama greets wellwishers upon arrival at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, August 26, 2014. Obama will speak at the American Legion's 96th National Convention. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
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    SAUL LOEB - AFP/Getty Images
    US President Barack Obama greets wellwishers upon arrival at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, August 26, 2014. Obama will speak at the American Legion's 96th National Convention. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama touched down in Charlotte to make a speech at the American Legion convention before the thousands of Legionnaires on Tuesday August 26, 2014.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barack Obama touched down in Charlotte to make a speech at the American Legion convention before the thousands of Legionnaires on Tuesday August 26, 2014.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    President Barak Obama touched down in Charlotte to make a speech at the American Legion convention before the thousands of Legionnaires on Tuesday August 26, 2014. His limousine is seen beneath the belly of Air Force One as it heads to uptown Charlotte.
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    Erin Bacon - The Charlotte Observer
    Air Force 1 lands in Charlotte on Tuesday. North Carolina senators and Charlotte mayor Dan Clodfelter waited on the tarmac to greet President Obama, who is in town to speak at the American Legion convention.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Security personnel mark the area neater where Air Force One will park in the North Carolina Air National Guard area of Charlotte Douglas International Airport. President Barack Obama touched down in Charlotte to make a speech at the American L:region convention before the thousands of Legionnaires on Tuesday August 26, 2014.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Marine One is pulled out the the North Carolina Air National Guard hanger Tuesday morning. President Barack Obama touched down in Charlotte to make a speech at the American L:region convention before the thousands of Legionnaires on Tuesday August 26, 2014.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Marine One is pulled out the the North Carolina Air National Guard hanger Tuesday morning. President Barack Obama touched down in Charlotte to make a speech at the American L:region convention before the thousands of Legionnaires on Tuesday August 26, 2014.
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    Charles Dharapak - AP
    President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, as he travels to Charlotte, N.C. to attend the American Legion’s 96th National Convention to speak about veterans issues. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Manuel Balce Ceneta - AP
    President Barack Obama jogs up the stairs of Air Force One prior to leaving from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, to speak at the American Legion’s 96th National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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    Charles Dharapak - AP
    President Barack Obama returns a salute as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, as he travels to Charlotte, N.C. to attend the American Legion’s 96th National Convention to speak about veterans issues. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Charles Dharapak - AP
    A U.S. Secret Service agent stands watch before President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, as he travels to Charlotte, N.C. to attend the American Legion’s 96th National Convention to speak about veterans issues. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Pablo Martinez Monsivais - AP
    President Barack Obama, center, waves to a tour group as he walks towards Marine One helicopter before his departure on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug., 26, 2014. Obama is traveling to Charlotte, NC., and making an appearance before the American Legion National Convention and is the latest administration response to the health care lapses that led to the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki in May.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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    BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI - AFP/Getty Images
    US President Barack Obama waves to guests while walking to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House August 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama is traveling to North Carolina to speak at the American Legion's 96th National Convention in Charlotte. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKIBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
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    Manuel Balce Ceneta - AP
    President Barack Obama returns a salute at Marine honor guards as he disembarks Marine One to switch to Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. The president will speak at the American Legion’s 96th National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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    BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI - AFP/Getty Images
    A US Marine shuts the door to Marine One with US President Barack Obama on board on the South Lawn of the White House August 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama is traveling to North Carolina to speak at the American Legion's 96th National Convention in Charlotte. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKIBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
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    A member of the US Secret Service stands watch near Air Force One prior to departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, August 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
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    Win McNamee - Getty Images
    WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 26: U.S. President Barack Obama departs the White House August 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama is scheduled to travel to Charlotte, North Carolina and return to Washington later in the day following an address to the national convention of the American Legion. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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    Win McNamee - Getty Images
    WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 26: Marine one, carrying U.S. President Barack Obama, departs the White House August 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama is scheduled to travel to Charlotte, North Carolina and return to Washington later in the day following an address to the national convention of the American Legion. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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    Win McNamee - Getty Images
    WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 26: U.S. President Barack Obama departs the White House August 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama is scheduled to travel to Charlotte, North Carolina and return to Washington later in the day following an address to the national convention of the American Legion. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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    BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI - AFP/Getty Images
    US President Barack Obama walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House August 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama is traveling to North Carolina to speak at the American Legion's 96th National Convention in Charlotte. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKIBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
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    Pablo Martinez Monsivais - AP
    President Barack Obama waves as he boards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug., 26, 2014. Obama is traveling to Charlotte, NC., and making an appearance before the American Legion National Convention and is the latest administration response to the health care lapses that led to the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki in May. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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