White House Reopens for (Limited) Tours
The White House has decided to let people back into the people's house -- on a limited basis to show off the grounds and kitchen garden, that is. From the administration this afternoon:
The White House is pleased to announce the resumption of a limited schedule of East Wing and Executive Residence tours, beginning on November 5th. Additionally, the White House will be opening its gardens and grounds to visitors on October 26th and 27th.
Members of the public interested in scheduling a tour of the East Wing and Executive Residence should contact their Member of Congress.
For a tour of the gardens and grounds on Saturday, October 26th from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, and Sunday, October 27th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, members of the public can obtain a free, timed ticket at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion located at 15th and E Streets on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 7:30 AM. Tickets will be distributed -- one ticket per person (including small children) -- on a first-come, first-served basis.
During this event, visitors can see the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden and South Lawn of the White House. Additionally, the White House Kitchen Garden – the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden – will be accessible to guests.
With much aplomb, the White House canceled tours after sequestration went into effect in March, saying the mandatory budget cuts stretched resources too much to allow tours.