There couldn’t be a better time to visit Washington DC. On July 1st, First Lady Michelle Obama announced on social media platforms that the 40-year ban on photography and social media during public tours of the White House will be officially lifted. The rule change will result in some pretty amazing White House selfies and Snapchats.
The decision wasn’t surprising considering President Barrack Obama’s fondness for social media. Interestingly, the policy change was revealed by the First Lady in an Instagram video. “If you’ve been on a White House tour, you may have seen this sign,” Says Michelle Obama, as she holds up a sign reading, “No Photos or Social Media Allowed”. “Well, not anymore,” She concludes, and rips the sign in two. Following the policy change, Instagram users rushed to the venue to post shots. From images of the historic rooms to the gardens to the First Dogs, #WhiteHouseTour offers constant updates from inside one of the world’s most famous buildings.
Big news! Starting today, we’re lifting the ban on cameras and photos on the @WhiteHouse public tour. Visitors are now able to take photos and keep those memories for a lifetime! 📷 To learn how to schedule a tour with your friends and family, visit whitehouse.gov.
Here’s a peak into the East Room, where Protocol works with the @whitehouse on many events, including recently the Japan State Dinner. #whitehousetour A photo posted by Office of Protocol (@us_protocol) on
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Interesting placement 😂 #whitehousetour A photo posted by Brian Kelly (@thepointsguy) on
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