on February 15, 2002
It's a shame that White House tours have been suspended indefinitely. Still the most recognized home in America, the White House embodies the power and statemanship of the executive office, the most powerful office in the world. Every President, except George Washington, has conducted the government here over the past 200 years. As you might imagine, flags are everywhere in Washington and makes for a wonderful atmosphere surrounding the White House. The four pillars in the front directly behind the fountain are what strikes you as you view the White House for the first time. Since Pennsylvania Avenue is closed, you can linger in front or in the park directly across the street taking photos for as long as you like. Make sure to look out for protestors (they always make things interseting!) At the very least you will find the nuclear war White House vigil that boasts that it has been going on "24 hours a day since 1981." On the West side of the White House say "hi" to your favorite network reporter as they await for the latest breaking news in the area affectionately referred to as "Pebble Beach." From the front of the White House, you can get a dramatic view of the Washington Monument. Make sure to walk around the back of the White House for the rear view. This may be the best of the two views! Before you go, contact your local Congressmen or Senator, just to make sure you can get whatever VIP treatment is available.
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