In the past five years, I’ve had the privilege of visiting Washington D.C. three times, once with each of my girls on a fifth grade bus trip. We visited the Capitol and lots of monuments. One thing we never did, though, was visit the White House. We didn’t even get close. A time or two, I think we got to peak at it from a distance, through a fence.
I suppose one can still tour the White House (well, not now, but until fairly recently I suppose it was possible). However, I’m assuming it takes quite a bit of effort to arrange?
When we visited Washington when I was 10, we did visit the White House. I remember waiting in line. Sadly, I can’t remember much of what I saw. It’s not like we were running into Betty Ford walking through a room with a cup of coffee, but I did get to visit “my” house. That’s neat to know.
Out front, you can see me, my sister, and my mom — “as we left the White House,” as I read on the back of the photo, from 1975. I’m struck by how tall those pillars look. I guess, from the distance I’ve seen it at lately, the White House appears much smaller than it does here.
Have you ever gotten to visit the White House? Do you have any memories of it?