When President Obama and the First Family moved into the White House, the new Commander-in-Chief notoriously quipped that the White House was in the dark ages in terms of technology. That soon changed, and now the White House has fully embraced social media, and encourages folks who take the White House tours to share their photos online, reports the New York Times. That publication calls the White House social media-friendly, and the proof is in the pudding when viewing the photos that travelers have uploaded.
As noted by the New York Times and the White House website, those who want to make White House tours a part of their vacation plans to Washington, D.C., would do well to plan far in advance in order to place their tour requests in to the government officials. While the White House tours are free, they can take advanced planning to enact. Visitors should also keep abreast of the rules for entering the White House, and prohibited items that should be left at home.
“Requests can be submitted up to six months in advance and no less than 21 days in advance. You are encouraged to submit your request as early as possible as a limited number of spaces are available.”
Under the hashtag named #WhiteHouseTour on Instagram, nearly 5,000 photos appear. Photos such as those from Instagram user kingjaden3 at The White House show a variety of outlooks from the famous house on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Even publications such as the Guardian are reposting #WhiteHouseTour photos, such as the following one from user, @kaylaepstein, that spoke of her love for books.
The Today Show‘s Instagram account posted a photo of the First Dogs, Sunny and Bo.
As reported by CBS This Morning, the fact that visitors are at last being allowed to take photos on White House tours and post them on social media is a first in four decades.
With White House tour photos popping up left and right on social media, expect more fabulous #WhiteHouseTour hash-tagged pics to appear. There’s no telling if they will catch up with the #StraightOutta phenom, though, as reported by the Inquisitr.
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