Like A Tourist ~ The White House

There's this house in Washington, D.C. that you might be familiar with.  It's big, it's white and the President of the United States lives there.  All of the presidents, starting with John Adams in 1800, have lived there. Here are some fun facts about the White House ~ 
  • There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels in the Residence. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators.
  • At various times in history, the White House has been known as the "President's Palace," the "President's House," and the "Executive Mansion." President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name in 1901.
  • Presidential Firsts while in office... President James Polk (1845-49) was the first President to have his photograph taken... President Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09) was not only the first President to ride in an automobile, but also the first President to travel outside the country when he visited Panama... President Franklin Roosevelt (1933-45) was the first President to ride in an airplane.
  • The White House kitchen is able to serve dinner to as many as 140 guests and hors d'oeuvres to more than 1,000.
  • The White House requires 570 gallons of paint to cover its outside surface.
Back in April there was a wedding reception at my hotel.  The bride and groom, let's call them R and K, were amazing to work with and everything went perfectly well.  The groom's mom and dad were also a lot of fun when the big weekend came around.  Turns out that K works at the White House.  After the wedding weekend they sent me a thank you note and offered a White House West Wing tour to thank me. HELLZ YEAH! Me and three friends, so obviously I'm going to get my brother and parents involved.  Luckily we were all able to be in the city at the same time to enjoy the wonderful tour!  Take a look ~

Here we are waiting for K to come get us at the gate.  There was a lot of security to get through!

This is us standing outside of the first entrance to the West Wing.  While standing there we saw the President's Chief of Staff, Denis McDonough, come out of his office in shorts and a t-shirt. Pretty cool.

This is his office :) This is also where K works.

Once we got inside the West Wing we weren't able to take any pictures.  The ceilings are super low and there is a police officer at every turn.  K took us to the "mess hall."  It's also a super small dining room.  The tables are set with beautiful china.  Sometimes they have celebrity chefs come in and cook for everyone.  Across from the mess is the Situation Room.  This is the room where shit goes down!  Take a look at the pictures below? Does anything look weird to you?

As you can see the computer screens are blacked out and the photos near Hillary Clinton are blurred out.  This is the moment, for everyone in the room, when they found out that Osama bin Laden had been captured.  This is the kind of stuff that happens in the Situation Room!  

We also saw the Oval Office and that was really cool.  There's a rope that keeps people from getting in, but I put my toe in the room :)  The President is able to pick pieces of art from any of the museums and put them on display in the White House. I would love to do that!

Once we were out of the West Wing portion of the tour, K took us into the Press Room.  It's not what it seems on Scandal.

It's really small :) There's no hallway up by the podium that the President walks down. Its just a door. All of the seats are designated for certain press spots. Washington Post, CNBC, FOX News, AP (Associated Press). We weren't able to stand behind the podium, but we posed next to it.  The 2014 Musyt Christmas Picture is in this room. You'll have to wait and see! 

Here are some more awesome pictures from our evening ~

Outside the West Wing ~ The President's Seal Selfie

That's the White House behind me :)

The Musyts outside Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

Now we just need to get an East Wing tour and see the Christmas Trees!