It wasn’t as big as I expected. That was my first thought after laying eyes on the White House for the first time. I wasn’t even sure we were at the right place at first. I double checked with Matt after we rounded the corner. “This is it?” He confirmed it was. So okay, maybe I’m just hard to impress, but here’s the reality — at the time it was built, the White House was probably HUGE. And now, it’s just a large house in a string of even larger buildings. It is still impressive, I’m not that cynical. I’m just saying…after years of seeing 1600 Pennsylvania on television, I’m not sure it lived up to the Hollywood image. I’m 100% certain I’d be singing a different tune had we actually toured the inside of the White House, but as it is, we just walked around it. And while walking around it we discovered the Eisenhower Building, another piece of big beautiful architecture gracing the streets of Washington DC. Bigger than the White House. Just saying.
The other thing that surprised me about the White House was the surrounding neighborhood. It was so cute! I don’t know what I was expecting, but adorable rows of brick buildings and a park full of people was not it. I guess I’d assumed it would be impossible to even get close, not that we could stroll right by the gates and see the house across the not-very-large yard. In a way I like that, it makes it seem so much more accessible, like it’s just another (large) house in the neighborhood.
Have you been to the White House? If so, what were your impressions?