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Ideas for preparing kids for a White House tour?

We're taking a White House tour -- yay! How can I get my kids excited (and informed) about it? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Jun 30, 2014 - 6 answers

How can I find contact info for a new White House Task Force?

I'm charged with delivering a letter from a group of sexual assault prevention experts to the newly formed White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. The task force only exists for 90 days, so time is of the essence, yet I can't find a way to contact them. [more inside]
posted by helpthebear on Jan 31, 2014 - 3 answers

What's the likelihood of getting on a White House tour?

Good news: White House tours are being offered again. Bad news: availability is so limited that tours can't be confirmed until two weeks beforehand. [more inside]
posted by serialcomma on Oct 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Best blogs for following behind the scenes of the Obama Presidency?

I recently found Mrs. O, a fashion blog about the First Lady's wardrobe - but clothes are not really that interesting to me. I'm AM curious about the other best blogs and ways to follow Obama, his family, and the current administration - as a well as any web presence that showcases the best of "White House whatever" in general - no matter who is in charge. A wide range could apply - anything from photos of the First Family in casual life and doings (like Mrs. O), or discussion/analysis/notification of current policy initiatives/announcements, etc.
posted by agregoli on Mar 3, 2013 - 1 answer

How does this neat web effect work?

On the new White House gun violence website, there's an image of the White House that fades out as you scroll down the page. How does it work?
posted by El Sabor Asiatico on Jan 16, 2013 - 3 answers

A Conservative Classic Lost to Time

Does anyone know where to obtain a copy of Pat Buchanan's memo to Richard Nixon, "Dividing the Democrats"? [more inside]
posted by dhartung on Nov 7, 2012 - 3 answers

Cataloguing Obama's presidency so far?

What are the best sources for compiling a timeline-based list of what Obama has accomplished (and not accomplished) so far while in office? [more inside]
posted by stagewhisper on Dec 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Looking for summer housing in DC

I'm looking for short-term housing in DC for May, June, and July. I've seen this great thread, but I'm wondering if there have been any updates since then or if there are summer-specific options. [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues on Mar 8, 2011 - 5 answers

Help us keep our date with Barack!

We are flying back to Colorado from Washington Reagan (National) Airport [DCA] at 1:55 PM on July 6. We just got into an hour-long White House tour at 11 AM that day. Question: What should we do with our stuff during the tour? [more inside]
posted by lukemeister on Jun 24, 2010 - 14 answers

What does the old POTUS say to the new POTUS?

Are the contents of the letters from US Presidents to their successors available in the National Archives or Presidential Libraries? [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan on Jan 21, 2009 - 9 answers

What is this visualization?

Asking for a friend, what is this visualization on the White House website? You can see the part of interest between 01:34 and 01:39. [more inside]
posted by R343L on Jan 15, 2009 - 2 answers

Perhaps the secret service will recruit ceiling cat next...

West Wing Filter: What's that dude doing walking on the roof? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon on Nov 23, 2008 - 13 answers

Redskins Lose, Obama wins...

There are a number of goofy "predictors" of U.S. Presidential elections, such as: when the Redskins lose their last home game prior to the election, the incumbent party loses the White House. Does the HiveMind know of any similar off-beat predictors? [more inside]
posted by mikewas on Nov 4, 2008 - 17 answers

Security procedures for new Oval Office incumbent?

White House changeover security: who's responsible, and what do they do? [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia on Nov 3, 2008 - 9 answers

Is Scott McCLellan a patriot or a weasel?

Who spins for the White House? [more inside]
posted by minkll on Jul 29, 2008 - 16 answers

Where can I take pictures in DC?

Photography in Washington, DC: Where can I take my camera, and where can I take my tripod? [more inside]
posted by fogster on Jun 23, 2008 - 15 answers

Books behind a Bush?

When President Bush is speaking from the White House, there is a shelf with several books behind him. What are the titles of these books? Do they change with different Presidents? [Will edit if I can find a screencap, doesn't seem to be one on the internet.]
posted by sperose on Jan 25, 2008 - 6 answers

Bush refuses mac

George W had a press conference today. How can I get the whole thing unedited in a mac friendly format? [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Jul 12, 2007 - 5 answers

Why doesn't the Oval Office have a computer?

A question, delivered by proxy: Why isn't there a computer on the desk in the Oval Office? (This isn't W. bashing. We think he's cute, and none of the other US presidents had one either.)
posted by nobody on Jan 19, 2005 - 25 answers

Presidential Art Galleries?

I heard recently on NPR a story about the new Clinton Presidential Library and how all of the gifts of original artwork sent to the President were kept as it was illegal to throw or give away any of it. The story went on that all the artwork was at the library but that there was so much that only a slight minority of it would ever be displayed. My question is, does anyone know more about this law obligating the President to keep the drawing I send him/her? Would they have to keep it even if it stunk or was otherwise somehow unappealing? I imagine you know what I'm getting at with our friend W in office for another four years...
posted by pwb503 on Nov 24, 2004 - 6 answers

If "terrorists are plotting to influence the US Presidential election", what outcome are they hoping for?

Terrorism Question: I've heard repeatedly in the news and read in several news articles that terrorists are plotting against the United States in hopes of influencing the Presidential election. What does this mean, and how to they expect to influence it? [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by banished on Aug 8, 2004 - 39 answers

Presidential Potential

after yesterday's speech, recent discussions (mefi included) have focused on the potential of illinois' barack obama and the idea that he may, in the near future, sit in the oval office.

which gets me to thinking: what's more realistic/ which will happen first in the united states: a minority president or a woman president? [more...] [more inside]
posted by ronv on Jul 28, 2004 - 24 answers

Recommendations of what to see/do when visiting Washington D.C.?

Recommendations of what to see/do when visiting Washington D.C.? We're going next week, and have a list of a few touristy spots to visit, but I'd like to see what Mefites recommend. Locals advice also highly appreciated, i.e. dance clubs and restaurants to visit. Finally, all over the web it says you must arrange a White House tour with one of your congressional representatives. We can't do that (group of two), someone said we can join a tour at a kiosk. Anyone agree with this? Please be kind if the question has been posted before, I searched.
posted by vignettist on Jun 14, 2004 - 38 answers

Presidential Inauguration: Walk or Limo?

History question: January 21, 1977. "The afternoon of infamy" for people in the limousine business. After having just been inaugurated, Jimmy Carter decides to exit his limo and walk with his family (and a large crowd) down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. What has been the trend since?
posted by john on Jan 3, 2004 - 6 answers

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