Wednesday, May 07, 2008

A Grand Day in DC

This is where I went. (View of the White House from the South Lawn.)
This is what I saw from the South Lawn.



This is what I saw from inside the White House.
I think maybe it was The Red Room.

This was right before he kissed me. See ... he's puckering up.

(Okay, I'm teasing about that. I know you've been expecting some kind of joke from me ...)

This is President Bush waving good-bye. The man in front is Secret Service.

Yesterday I attended the Military Spouse Appreciation breakfast. Joe received an email at work (at Fort Meade) on Thursday that there were some available slots (first we heard of it). He submitted my name (and social security number for a background check) and I received an invitation from the White House on Friday night. It was all kind of sudden.

I had to leave the house by 4:45 a.m. to arrive at Fort Meade by 6 a.m. to board a military bus to ride to the White House and pass through security by 8:15 a.m. It was fun to watch the process of passing through the Secret Service at various stages. At the front entrance gate of the Treasury building. And again at the gate entrance to the White House. I tried to capture some photos of the snipers on the top of the White House, but those guys are quick! I think I got the tip of the rifle in a photo.

The Marine Corps Band played during breakfast. After breakfast, Phil Vassar sang the national anthem (sadly, I never heard of Phil until then). President Bush gave a speech and we enjoyed a few more songs from Phil. As everyone was ogling over Phil and taking photos, I realized President Bush was about 10 feet in front of me, making his way back into the White House. I squeezed through the crowd and captured the up-close shots of him. I was really that close to him. Sadly, I don't think he noticed my dress. (LOL) I could have shaken his hand, but honestly, I wanted photos for my children. They didn't believe I was going. (I don't blame them because Joe told them I was going because I was a spy before becoming a mom. He blew my credibility out of the water.)

It was much more crowded than I anticipated. It was still a lovely, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And we had the most beautiful weather ever. Sure there will be more Military Spouse Appreciate days and breakfasts, but I wonder how dedicated future presidential candidates are to the military. President Bush has been very generous with raises and benefits for the military and their families. I think most military families will agree with that.

(The Phil Vassar photo was sent to me by a girl I befriended on the trip. Hers turned out better than mine.)

26 comments:

Randi said...

We saw President Bush a few years ago while he was campainging for re-election. It is quite amazing to be in the same room with the PRESIDENT OF THE USA!

Touring the white house would be amazing,I am sure. I am glad you enjoyed your visit.

The dress you made in the post below is adorable!

Karyn said...

Wow. What a special day that must have been! Your photos are great, I love the one looking out the window.

So, when are WE having breakkie with Georgie???

Anonymous said...

i have been waiting all morning for this post! awesome, you did not tell me that he tried to kiss you! He must have known you made a dress just for him! glad you had a great time. got to love Bush.....ya know he is from TEXAS and i love TEXAS!

Little Munchkins said...

What an exciting and memorable day. It will be one that you will cherish forever.

Lovely photos Spy Mum!

kirsten said...

all the years i lived in MD i never did the white house thing. i don't regreat it too much, as i got to go to the museums.

very cool, lera, thanks for sharing your outing.

nikko said...

VERY cool! I love all your pictures.

You'll have to play up the spy-mom thing. ROFL.

Emily said...

What a lovely day you had!

BTW I do believe that you were a spy before you became a mother!

Katie Jean said...

How cool! You had such a beautiful day for a nice event!

I love that picture through the window. I've been there during Christmas and the view is spectacular.

I bet he noticed your dress, he just didn't want Laura to find out ;)

melissa sews said...

Gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing. I would love to go to DC one day. How many folks can say they've eaten breakfast with the president? Too cool. Love the dress, too!

Gail :) said...

What great photos! Looks like it was a fun time.

amandajean said...

what a fantastic experience! thanks for sharing it with all of us.

Sam D. said...

That was great that you had that opportunity and they did that for you. Military wives are often forgotten and if they only knew how much you did to keep your family's sanity when they are away even if it is just for training.

Great pictures!

jessi said...

thanks for the details - you certainly did get lots of great pics to show your kids!

miss chris said...

How exciting. Really, really cool. These are great pictures, Lera. What a fantastic opportunity + memory!

Some day you'll tell your grandbabies about the day their grandma got to eat breakfast with the President and they will stare, mouths agape, in awe. (It's just too bad you can't tell them about the confidential assigments you had when you were a spy, though.)

cici said...

so very cool. and you're right about Bush and the military.

By the way, its one thing for your husband to blow your cover to the kids - it's quite another for you to tell the whole world!

madre adoptiva said...

That is so awesome!! Great photos!

Heidijayhawk said...

sounds like a wonderful event and the trip of a lifetime!

Jo-Anne said...

What an exciting day! Loved all the pictures!
You know, that spy thing will come in handy when your kids get a little older. It's amazing all the top secret and covert activities we engage in as parents! :)

Anonymous said...

My mother told me over and over if I can't say anything nice say nothing at all. Well, something nice...
Your dress is lovely, comfortable looking, too.
But I'm sure you could get a better date (couldn't help myself!)
Jenny

txmommy said...

wow, what a neat day! COOL!

Chara Michele said...

That is pretty crazy cool! I wonder if your kids will think Joe was telling the truth about the spy thing after seeing those photos :) (Too funny!)

I love that you wore a dress you made! It looks absolutely lovely!

Cindy Is Crafty said...

Wow, Lera, small world. I was born at Ft. Meade. How ironic.

It was certainly a lovely day for the event and glad that you had fun. Love the dresses and the wrap skirts lately!

Jane said...

My husband was out of town for two weeks and it gave me a whole new appreciation for military wives! Glad you had a special day.

TinkerBlue said...

Sounds like a great morning. And well deserved.

Way to go spy mum!

utmommy said...

That is awesome. Sounds like it was a fabulous day. I'm glad you got to go. So, do your kids still think you are a spy?

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Oh I am so glad that you had such a fun day! What an awesome experience to share with your family for generations.

When I lived in DC during the last election, I was fortunate enough to have friends with jobs way cooler than mine. Jobs with fancy perks. And even though none of us voted on that side of the aisle, history is history. And the ceremonies are pretty much exactly the same. I was so lucky to see some special concerts and have VIP seats during the parade down Pennsylvania. It was so cold and of course it was not exactly how I had dreamed up the results. But it was just as amazing and awe-inspiring to be there in person and see so many powerful and important people from our country. Very exciting for sure!

And as always, your dress is adorable!