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Obamas “surprise” White House tourists

 

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and First Dog Bo Obama ‘surprised’ visitors to the White House Tuesday afternoon by showing up unexpectedly during West Wing tour.

Michelle Obama tweeted about the surprise visit with a link to the White House’s livestream so that America could see the look on the tourist’s faces as they met the First Family.

Most of the visitors didn’t look very ‘surprised,’ though, as they they waited in line to shake hands with Mr. and Mrs. Obama. They were also unusually well dressed, with most men wearing suits and ties and many women wearing nice skirts and dresses.

While the tourists talked to the Obamas, First Dog Bo sat quietly by for the most part. At one point he darted in the direction of a young male tourist waiting in line, bringing a smile to the young man’s face.

“He likes you,” the President told the tourist. “He doesn’t do that for anyone else.”

The ‘surprise’ tour lasted about 40 minutes, running from 2:00 pm EST to 2:40 pm.

This is one of at least five times times that First Lady Michelle Obama has surprised White House tourists in the Blue Room during a run-of-the mill West Wing tour. Mrs. Obama has surprised guests with Bo in the past when the President was out of town. 

 

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  1. Alex says:

    As one of the guests on the tour (which was for former campaign staffers — low-level staffers, that is, who are just ordinary people), we were absolutely surprised. For what it’s worth, I was wearing a t-shirt and jeans. But I was considering dressing up because, yes, we were going to the White House. That was the logic of most of my friends, some of whom did dress up. We did not know the president and First Lady were going to greet us until we were in the White House (tours were going on all day, they were only there for 30 minutes of it) and we were told to wait about 20 minutes or so by a staffer, who refused to tell us why (but told us it would be worth our while). Then someone saw the tweet from Michelle as we were waiting. So if we don’t look surprised, that’s why. As you can see, there is a long line and we obviously knew what was happening while we were in line.

    But we were surprised. And we had no idea this was going to happen. And it was awesome, And you’re another dumbass paranoid conservative who thinks that everything is a fucking conspiracy. Go to hell.

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