Obama surprises D.C. tourists: 'I'm not wax'

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The White House on Thursday released a video of President Obama's unexpected Wednesday sidewalk stroll to the Interior Department during which one tourist asked, “Are you real?”

Obama, in shirtsleeves and carrying his jacket, responded, “Yes I am. I’m not wax.”

The video showed Obama bringing cheers and smiles to most he met. He even handed out boxes of White House M&Ms to children.

It wasn’t all fun and games, though. In one of the first scenes, Obama is shown talking to a family presumably planning to visit Arlington National Cemetery for a burial. The president recalled that as a child he saw his grandfather buried in a national cemetery, the playing of Taps included. “Still chokes me up,” he said.

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