The White House

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Amber Autumn on May 11, 2005

"Coolidge was known for his terse speech and reticence. A woman bet her friend that she could get Coolidge to speak to her, which was something he was reluctant to do. She went up to him and said: "Hello, Mr. President, I bet my friend that I could get you to say three words to me." "You lose," Coolidge replied dryly, and walked away." ~Author Unknown

You bring just your wallet with your driver's license if over fifteen. I was lucky enough to have Billy Tauzin get my group into the White House. After passing a secret service man and a woman who doesn't check the ID anyway if you are a kid, you walk down this long alley. I was alone, except for a few guys behind me, and had an exciting, anxious feeling bubbling inside of me. In a tent, other Secret Service men check you for metal items or anything.

"It'll be my luck if I set this thing off," I remember saying. I didn't set it off, just like the nice Secret Service man said. The White House was filled with classical decor. The rose garden looked fresh and lively. Portraits of the Oval Office throughout the years hung on the walls near all the Presidents. We moved into this big fall, not far from this white room where President Bush would be making his speech that night. A Secret Service man was standing near a carpet, and one of my classmates asked if she could touch the rug. How could I avoid temptation? I touched it too! There was a room for every color. The Secret Service men don't want you touching the silk material on the walls. I didn't do it, but the woman in front of me did. After seeing three rooms, we were let out into another lonely alley and went past a cherry blossom tree. When was I ever going to get a White House cherry blossom from? Out front, I picked up a petal as my souvenir from my experience.

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C., 20500
(202) 456-2121

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