This is who sang the national anthem and a few songs at the end.
This was the reason for the visit.
(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.)