WASHINGTON — White House and congressional leaders have told the Washington press corps that they should bring their kids to news briefings Thursday to mark Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
The day originally began in 1993 as Take Our Daughters to Work Day, an initiative to get kids out of class on a school day and introduce girls to a variety of career fields. It was expanded 10 years later to include boys.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer sent a memo to reporters today saying that President Trump invited media to bring children ages 5 to 13 years old “to shadow you” at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
The administration even promoted the national hashtag for this year’s theme, #COUNTONME.
Kids will be allowed with their journalist parents or mentors from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., during which time the White House press office will hold “a mock briefing along with other fun activities.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) also invited reporters to bring their kids — but to attend the real thing, his weekly press briefing.
“I am a big believer in bringing your children to work, to give them a glimpse of what your day is like and to meet the co-workers you’re always talking about,” Ryan said in a statement today. “I encourage everyone in the Capitol Hill community to take part in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.”
It’s the second time that Ryan has invited the kids of the press corps. Last year the kid situation was manageable for the Speaker, and there were plenty of photographers on hand to capture the moment for the parents.