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Photos: Obama Gives Japan’s Abe an Impromptu Tour of Lincoln Memorial

The leaders spring a surprise on tourists in Washington.

President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sprung a surprise on tourists in Washington Monday with an unannounced trip to the Lincoln Memorial, Bloomberg's Angela Greiling Keane reports. Shortly after Abe arrived in the capital, the two leaders jumped into a motorcade for the short trip from the White House to the memorial to the 16th U.S. president, Abraham Lincoln, which sits on the western end of the National Mall, adjacent to the Potomac River.

  1. Walk and talk
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    Walk and talk

    President Barack Obama, right, and Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, speak while walking to visit the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on April 27, 2015.
  2. Face time
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    Face time

    President Barack Obama, left, and Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, speak while visiting the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on April 27, 2015.
  3. Up close
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    Up close

    President Barack Obama, left, and Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, speak while visiting the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on April 27, 2015.
  4. Steps of history
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    Steps of history

    President Barack Obama, left, and Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, speak while visiting the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on April 27, 2015.
  5. Washington Monument
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    Washington Monument

    President Barack Obama, left, and Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, speak while visiting the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on April 27, 2015.
  6. Parks and rec
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    Parks and rec

    President Barack Obama, right, and Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, speak with U.S. Park Rangers while visiting the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on April 27, 2015.