Birds fly over containment booms placed to try to stop oil from reaching the shoreline along the South Pass, south of Venice, La. Oil from a massive rig explosion threatens the region's wildlife. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Containment booms designed to be a protective barrier circle Dauphin Island at the mouth of Mobile Bay in Alabama. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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NPR's Ari Shapiro (lower right) got the last question when President Obama spoke with reporters on Air Force One on Wednesday. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Reporter's Notebook

Meet The New Guy On Air Force One

President Obama took a two-day swing through the rural Midwest this week. In many ways, it was a typical domestic trip, but for NPR's Ari Shapiro, everything was new.

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