It’s a quiet Columbus Day at the White House today. President Obama, who spent the weekend at Camp David, will spend the day largely behind closed door. He’ll leave the White House this afternoon to spend time with wounded service members at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland.
The visit comes one week after the United States marked the 10th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. In a statement last week, the president stressed how his administration is ending the war “responsibly” and from “a position of strength.”
“As we reflect on 10 years of war and look ahead to a future of peace, Michelle and I call upon all Americans to show our gratitude and support for our fellow citizens who risk their lives so that we can enjoy the blessings of freedom and security,” Obama said, a message he will likely share with troops today.