Playtime Visits the White House!

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Featured Stories |

This summer, a group of Playtime teens and pre-teens got the chance to personally tour the home of President Barack Obama, and the nerve center of our executive branch. With the help of a Playtime volunteer who is a White House staffer, we got an inside peek into how the president and his staff live and work.

Playtime teens at White House

Playtime teens at White House

We saw all the ins and outs of the White House – from the artistic beauty of the West Wing and the Rose Garden, to the drama of the Situation Room. We even got to visit the Oval Office and see where the president signs bills into law!

Destyni at the Podium!

Destyni at the Podium!

One of the coolest parts of the trip was visiting the press briefing room, where the president’s press secretary speaks to the media each day. Sometimes, President Obama himself addresses the nation from that podium!

Playtime's White House Briefing

Playtime’s White House Briefing

Going from DC General to the White House, it would be hard to experience a greater contrast. It was amazing to be in such a grand and important place.

Playtime teens in the White House Briefing Room

Playtime teens in the White House Briefing Room

Another highlight from the visit was the chance to meet Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus

A Playtimer meets with Rep. GK Butterfield (D-NC)

A Playtimer meets with Rep. GK Butterfield (D-NC)

And we’re pretty sure we caught a glimpse of the Obama girls, looking at us from the windows of the Presidential Residence!

Waving to the Obamas!

Waving to the Obamas!

More than anything, it was wonderful to be together with friends as we explored how our nation’s democracy works, and how we can be part of building a more fair and just society in the future.

Site Manager Michelai Lowe with Playtimer at the White House

Site Manager Michelai Lowe with Playtimer at the White House

Thanks to the good people of the White House, and Playtime volunteers and staff, for making this a trip to remember!

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