Thursday, March 15, 2012

The British Are Coming - White House Arrival Ceremony



When the White House welcomed British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday, I was lucky enough to have a front row seat rope stand.


Because sometimes I'm just as intrigued as what goes on behind the scenes for big events, it was perfect for seeing all the preps for the ceremony, like the vacuuming of the red carpet...


and when my favorite Obama, the First Dog Bo, decided to come say hello...


I especially loved it when the honor guard and bands marched in...


Would you laugh at me if I confessed that when the soldier holding the Tennessee flag stopped directly in front of me I got a little frog in my throat?  I like to think that's normal for people like me, who get teary every time the National Anthem is played. Once the ceremony began, my spot wasn't so great. By then, crowds were all swarming and since I'm short, I only got a glimpse at the Obamas....


Patrick was there, and he's tall....


...so he was able to snap a few good photos, including this one of the power couples waving from the portico. 


I've been to the White House for official events a few times, but no matter the reason, or even who's in office, getting to be behind the gate will always feel like a big deal to me. 


It's especially fun to see all the personal touches on the grounds, like the dog, and the First Daughters' swing set, which is just behind the Oval Office...


Also, I'd never seen the new tent used for State dinners either, so I was a little excited for a peak. 


Now, if only I could ever land on State Dinner guest list....
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10 comments:

HoundDogMom said...

Wow, that is awesome. Congratulations on have a front row ROPE Stand. Sniffs, The HoundDogs

Leigh Powell Hines (Hines-Sight Blog) said...

Love your post. How exciting. You look lovely in green.

Dee Stephens said...

Such an awesome post! Of course we're alike in that I get teary eyed too when the National Anthem plays!

Tricia said...

Are you kidding? I'm so jealous. What an exciting day!

reporterturnedmommy.com said...

Very cool! The wx looked perfect for the event!

Sarah Beth - Dixie Gator Gal said...

How neat, you look fantastic! I also get teary eyed for the national anthem.

Northshore Prep said...

How fun is that?! I had to laugh about the Tennessee flag...right there with ya! :)

Deviled Megs said...

Lucky duck!! Great photos :)

Whitney of Washington said...

What amazing pictures! So glad you got to attend. How special!

I totally agree with getting a lump everytime the national anthem is played and the TN flag....double time!

TM said...

I tear up every time I hear the National Anthem too! So glad it's not just me :)

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