Obama to Air Force grads: ‘I am really going to miss Air Force One’

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President Obama has not been nostalgic about many things during his final year in the White House — except for Air Force One.

Speaking at the U.S. Air Force Academy’s commencement on Thursday, Obama made it clear he’ll miss his unique flying privileges after he leaves office next year. 
{mosads}“You take good care of me,” he told graduating cadets. “You are always on time. You never lose my luggage. I don’t have to take off my shoes before I get on.
“So I am really going to miss Air Force One,” he added with a chuckle.
Obama said on some days, he spends more time with Air Force personnel that his own family and expressed his gratitude to the “incredible airmen” who pilot the presidential jet. 
The president’s comments come as Americans are facing longer security lines at airports around the country, causing the Transportation Security Administration to scramble to keep up ahead of the busy summer travel season. 
In a February interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Obama — who will still be under Secret Service protection after his term ends — said he won’t go back to flying commercial after he leaves office. 
“I don’t miss flying commercial,” the president said, “taking your shoes off and all that.”
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