BOULDER CITY (KSNV MyNews3) – President Obama took some time out from preparing for his Wednesday debate with Mitt Romney by taking a tour of Hoover Dam on Tuesday.
Obama was greeted by Rob Skordas, assistant dam manager for History and Operational Logistics, and Janel Brawner-Potucek, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in the U.S. Department of Interior.
While at the Hoover Dam, President Obama had the opportunity to view the Nevada Transformer Deck and power house of the dam on the Nevada side.
The presidential motorcade left Westin Hotel in Lake Las Vegas at 12:47 p.m., and was headed to an undisclosed location, according to a presidential pool report. The motorcade turned away from Henderson and Las Vegas and passed through Lake Mead Recreational area.
When asked about his reason for the trip to the dam, Obama said he had never seen it.
"It's spectacular," Obama said to a small group of reporters. "I've never seen it before. I didn't realize it was so close by."
Hoover Dam is about 30 miles outside of Las Vegas and about 15 miles away from Lake Las Vegas where Obama has been staying while preparing for his presidential debate.