On Wednesday the 14th we went to DC to tour the White House to see the Christmas decorations. It was a spur of the moment trip arranged by a co worker of my Wife who's Father works for the Parks service there. The tour was basically a self guide walkthrough of a pre-determined route through East room, Green room, Blue room, Red room and State dining room. It was a pretty cool experience even for me,(most of you know I'm British!) and I must say the White House looks pretty good since we burned it down in 1814!. My Wife really enjoyed the Christmas decorations, (she saw the tv special on HGTV) so she was up to speed on the various trees and themes and kept us informed, but the highlight for me, and I think all of us, was when we entered the White House we were asked if we would like to go out on the South Lawn and watch the President depart on Marine One, (like we were going to say no!) so we went out and got to see Marine One arrive and touchdown, which is an exercise in precision, and then it sat for 15 -20 minutes idling the whole time(huge waste of fuel, tax dollars) and then President Obama and the First Lady came out, gave us a quick wave and climbed aboard and lifted off. I believe they were headed for FT Bragg although I haven't taken the time to confirm that. The other cool thing was we were allowed to take pictures which I don't think is the norm, just for the Christmas decorations, I even got Marine One on video. All in all a good day, and one you could never plan, we were extremely lucky! It really doesn't matter who the President is at he time, seeing the White House and Marine One was pretty awesome. ---------- Post added at 11:39 AM ---------- Previous post was at 11:36 AM ---------- Here's the Video, I recommend no sound all you hear is turbine whine.