President Obama's staff conducted a little research into the Alaskan activities of US presidents past. Here's his take.

Scott Jensen
The legislative committee that voted to sue Alaska Gov. Bill Walker over Medicaid expansion met Wednesday but took no action and offered no indication it would back away from its lawsuit -- even after two unfavorable rulings from state courts.Nathaniel Herz

President Barack Obama says hello to many in the crowd and they say hello back in their own unique style.

Scott Jensen

President Barack Obama watched a traditional Yup’ik dance group perform four dances at Middle School in Dillingham, Alaska on Sept. 2, 2015. Obama first watched the performance, then got up and danced with the group. 

Tara Young

President Barack Obama received a warm welcome for his speech in the Kotzebue high school gym on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015.

Scott Jensen
The Alaska Legislature has scheduled a short-notice, closed-door committee meeting about Medicaid expansion for Wednesday afternoon. No action is expected to be taken.Nathaniel Herz
The White House on Wednesday announced new efforts and funding to encourage energy efficiency in remote villages and the appointment of a federal coordinator for “climate resilience” in Alaska, in conjunction with President Barack Obama's trip to Kotzebue.  Erica Martinson

The Northern Lights Dancers on Tuesday entertained 300 residents, visitors and advance crew who were in the Arctic Alaska community of Kotzebue ahead of President Barack Obama's planned visit the following day. 

Scott Jensen

Expanding on his theme to combat climate change, President Barack Obama told an audience in Kotzebue that he flew over a flood-imperiled village before he arrived on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015.

Scott Jensen
The announcement this week from ConocoPhillips that it may cut 120 jobs in Alaska is bad news for the economy, but a state labor department official said Wednesday the damage could have been worse.Sean Doogan