The White House: Washington DC

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue that is where this iconic building is. The White House is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States.
For a long time I only knew this building from movies. In movies it is a huge building and often the decor of kidnaping, attacks and conspiracy.

On my day of the visit all I wanted to see was the president, but will I be lucky? I heard that from time to time he is seen around the White House. Arriving at the White House first thing that struck me was the size of the building. On television it looked a lot bigger than in real. In front of the White House there were a few demonstrations, from people demonstrating against the war to people who are demonstrating for animal rights.

“is the President of the United States in there?”

The White House is build between 1792 and 1800 by James Hoben. The building is made of white-painted aquia creek sandstone. I must say that its beautiful. The garden around the building is also very neatly and decent. I think that I could live here. 

Like the English and Irish country houses it was modeled on, the White House was, from the start, open to the public until the early part of the 20th century. President Thomas Jefferson held an open house for his second inaugural in 1805, and many of the people at his swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol followed him home, where he greeted them in the Blue Room.  Jefferson also permitted public tours of his house, which have continued ever since, except during wartime, and began the tradition of annual receptions on New Year’s Day and on the Fourth of July. Those receptions ended in the early 1930s, although President Bill Clinton would briefly revive the New Year’s Day open house in his first term.

I walked around the building and the premises is pretty big and everywhere you look you see security. The security looks pretty tight I must say, but not impossible to get on the lawn of the President.  From time to time people try to get to the White House and some get really close. Today I’m not trying because I don’t want to get arrested.
After a while I sat at one of the benches and just looked. People from all over the world come to see this building. It’s an iconic building and people love to take pictures of it. There are tour busses stopping not far from the White House for a next tour, and others are leaving. Its busy with people coming and going, people protesting and security guards looking at the crowd to see if anything suspicious is going on.

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Unfortunately for me I did not see the President today not even Marine One. Even though I did not see the President I was not disappointed because it gave a good feeling of what’s happening around the White House.
Not long after my visit it was time for me to leave Washington DC and go back home. Looking trough the window of the aircraft I saw Air Force One the first thing that came to me was: is the President of the United States in there?