Last week while in DC we (my Mom, my daughter, and I) got to go on a White House garden tour and West Wing tour. Daena and Mom also got to view a presidential departure.
I thought you’d like to see the White House grounds close up, particularly since they do belong to us. I’m sure you’ll agree they’re beautiful. We weren’t allowed to take photos of “anything under roof,” so no West Wing pictures. Daena took all photos (see the rest on page 2), except the last one.
There is a putting green on the South Lawn that security said President Bush uses often.
There is also a tennis court.
Pictures were displayed in front of trees modern day presidents have planted. There were markers on other trees that presidents as far back as Andrew Jackson, that I saw, planted.
President and Mrs. Johnson dedicated a children’s garden, and children and grandchildren of presidents ever since have left cast handprints. This is Gov. Jeb Bush’s youngest son’s, who is now 23. There was an apple tree in the garden with beautifully ripening apples… with a guard standing next to it.
Workers rolled landing markers on the White House South Lawn. Note dark strip on paved surface, which circles the White House complex. That is a running strip President Clinton had installed.
Presdient Bush waving at my Mom. At least that’s her story, and she’s sticking to it. That’s her hand, closest to the camera.
My Mom and Daena.