25 September 2009

The White House Fence

I went to Washington DC recently for some Suebobian shenanigans. You know, reforming health care and speaking truth to power. That sort of thing.

My friends had never been to our nation's capital before, so we took the grand double-decker hop-on, hop-off bus tour, which I highly recommend. $35 and you get the big DC overview, so you don't feel like you have missed anything.

I loved my traveling companions. We passed monument after monument with scarcely a murmur, but then broke into shrieks of joy at the NPR building.

Being good raving liberals, we had to stop over at Barack and Michelle's place in hopes that they would invite us in to plot a socialist/communist/fascist/Whatever!?! takeover and let us help them wreck the way of American life as we know it. Or at least for tea and cookies.

When we got done taking photos of each other, complete with seriously unfortunate bangs:
Just wanna say hi to the President

...I passed the time by taking photos of people in comfy shoes taking photos. I am a big sap, so it choked me up a bit to see how excited people were to stand at a fence half a mile away from the most famous house in the world and shoot picture after picture.

There were young people...
White House Fence #11 350 px

Older couples...
White House Fence #15 350 px

Slightly younger couples...
White House Fence #3 350 px

Families with squirmy kids...
White House family 350  px

Really excited people...
White House Fence #9 350 px

European guys...
White House Fence #7 350 px

There were people from all over the world, speaking all kinds of languages. Ladies in glowing saris. Giggling Japanese schoolgirls. People in wheelchairs, with crutches and walkers and kids on leashes.

They could have bought a postcard, but everyone wanted their own photo to be able to say "I was there. Right there." I know exactly how they felt. I did, too.

11 comments:

super des said...

I'm guilty of taking those same pictures. :)

Rachel said...

Love the pics! Never thought of doing that before (at the White House, that is).

flurrious said...

I've taken that same picture! I don't know why I'm so excited about that.

Mignon said...

Something about those photos made me tear up a little. The enthusiasm and optimism.

SUEB0B said...

Mignon - I KNOW! Me, too.

Ericka said...

right there with you - i have the same pictures.

i'm still a bit bummed that you can drive past it anymore. i loved that it was a house on a street where a guy with a hard job lived.

Ericka said...

*can't. *sigh* evil keyboard monsters.

Mamma said...

Suebob I LOVE this post. I'm so sorry I didn't get to spend time with you while you were here, but I'm just so happy you enjoyed the White House in that way. I've been here almost 17 years and I still feel that way about it--about this city.

I'm all warm and giddy from this post. I bet you could have stayed and taken pictures of people all day.

Kim said...

It's so funny how I live relatively close to these sights and yet almost never see them! I'm so jaded. Thanks for giving me a refreshed view!

mayberry said...

LOVE this. What a great set of pictures. Thank you for posting them.

Loralee Choate said...

It's one of the most inspiring buildings in the land for certain!

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