Monday, November 2, 2009

Beltway Boo’s!

My kids are lucky enough to attend one of the D.C. area schools selected to participate in the White House Trick or Treat celebration (see Press Secretary Robert Gibbs briefing transcript from Friday, Oct. 30). My eight year old twins, Colin and Clare, go to Antietam Elementary School in Woodbridge, Va. They were two of only 175 kids and parents who received tickets.

Along with our neighbors, we set off Saturday afternoon for the Pentagon City Metro to avoid parking hassles downtown – all in time to make our appointed 5:30 p.m. entrance time.

Entertainment on the grounds was to be Chicago’s Redmoon Theater. Some of their past performances got me excited to see what they might do for the First Family on Halloween!

Well, it was fantastic! Due to the threat of rain, we were prepared and dressed warmly. The kids were impressed, but getting treats from the President and First Lady was such fun for all of us. And the entertainment did not disappoint!

After 20 years in the D.C. area, and countless strolls down Pennsylvania Avenue, this was the first time any of us had been on the White House grounds themselves. What fun! I know there was some small controversy over which kids and schools should be invited, but we were thrilled to have an opportunity to be a part of it all!

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