At the beginning of last week my dad called me and asked me if I’d like to go with him to a reception he was invited to at the White House with President Obama. I can barely believe I just typed that sentence – and obviously the answer was yes! The reception was thrown in appreciation of ongoing support of President Obama and lasted three hours. Pretty immediately after arriving we got into line for a photo with the President in the Blue Room. Once our turn came, I shook the President’s hand and he asked me how I was doing. I’m not entirely sure what I said in response but I clearly remember thinking to myself, The President of the United States just asked you a question and you should be speaking now. I really tried to resist the urge to have my phone out taking pictures the whole time so these photos aren’t the best but I thought I’d post them anyhow. Of those I saw, the recognizable spaces within the White House were all smaller than I imagined they would be. Portraits and paintings, mostly of past presidents, line the walls everywhere you look. A number of military officers from all the different branches have social posts in the White House and were stationed in every room. It was such an exciting evening and I can barely wrap my head around the fact that I just went to the White House and met the President. Sharing the experience with my dad only made the evening all the more special. I’ll never forget it.
[posted by Lauren]