"This is fun," Caitlyn and Chloe Robinson told veteran White House reporter George E. Condon Jr., as relayed in Condon's pool report on Wednesday, the first day tourists were able to take pictures (and selfies!) during a tour of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Condon, a National Journal scribe, former bureau chief for Copley and one-time president of the White House Correspondents' Association, knows how to be a pooler with panache. Some excerpts from his missive:
"After four decades of deprivation, White House tourists were allowed today to do that most cherished of touristy things — take pictures. Many even found themselves fulfilling a dream they may not have known they had and could take pictures of the pool taking pictures of them."
"Those arriving at 9:55 a.m. when the pool descended on the scene were greeted by a video of the First Lady informing them of the new policy. 'Let me get a shot of that,' exclaimed May-May Horcasitas, originally of Hong Kong and now living in South Beach, Fla."
"In the State Dining Room, Kim Kesler of Los Angeles watched as daughter Chloe took pictures of the Abraham Lincoln portrait. 'She is taking a lot of pictures,' said her mother. 'She won’t let go of the camera. This is awesome.'
"A highlight, just may have been the selfies visitors were taking with the bust of George Washington outside the State Dining Room. Caitlyn Richardson, 11, and Chloe Richardson, 13, were snapping away and immediately posting them on Instagram. They laughed when asked if they thought George Washington could have grasped the notion of selfies or Instagram. All they knew, they said, was 'This is fun.' Caitlyn is entering the 7th grade while her sister is entering high school. They also posed in front of what was a particularly popular photo, standing in front of the portrait of John F. Kennedy."
Nicely done, George.
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