Papa’s World – Union Station-Peaceful protests – White House

We ended our day in Congress – where we had to be searched –

pockets emptied – no phone for pictures

The whole Congress was rude.

We settled in for about 45 minutes – and there was to be a vote –

But – NO ONE on the floor paid any attention –

they were divided on the right side and the left side –

The entire congress did nothing but talk –

So loud we – in the balcony – could not hear what they were saying

on the loud speakers!

The Capital
where nothing gets done
and no one listens

I was disgusted at the whole thing and how they all acted.

All we could do was watch the electronic board to see the total of the votes.

Paul Jo Sherry
walking to Union Station
Sherry Jo Paul
waiting to cross the street
to Union Station
Paul Jo Sherry
inside Union Station

We toured Union Station and had lunch – then boarded the Metro there

and got off at the Smithstonian in the Mall.

Paul on the Mall
Jo Paul and Sherry
on the Mall
The Capital
view from the Mall
Paul Jo Sherry
on our way
to the White House

We left the Mall behind and walked to the front of the White House

We had covered a lot that day

and decided to see the front and the back

But on our way we came across a very peaceful protest

in front of the EPA building

They were not yelling – they were respectful when we talked to them

Protesters
outside the EPA
Headquarters

Now – I can not understand why anyone would be against clean air

Withe clean air comes better gas mileage

The back of the White House
More peaceful protest
This one has been there
for the entire time we have
been in NVA

The one who was here first passed away several years ago

they have kept it here as each election

brings new Government

as a way to keep the power in the people

and a eye on what is going on.

Both Democrats and Republicans have seen this protest.

Walking the blocks long way around the White House
Paul Sherry Jo
At the front of the White House
When we first came here 20 years ago
you could get a lot closer
Sherry and Jo
Sherry and Jo
We continued walking
back to the Metro
Our own Peaceful
non violent protest

We had walked almost all DC with Jo and Paul

We covered everything plus on their list !

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One last bench to rest
Tom Paul Jo
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Papas World – singing before the White House Christmas Tree!

Madison Trust 4th. grade Chorus

We traveled into DC to watch our twin grand daughters

sing in a fourth grade chorus of 110 classmates!

Papa – Bode & MorMor

But first we had to get there – so we took Bode on the Metro!

Five year old grandson
Bode

And you can see the excitement in his eyes!

Riding the train!

Coming up
at the Regan Center

We arrived around 3:00 pm. The girls were to sing at 5:00 pm.

So – we walked to

the Elephant & Castle to have lunch!

MorMor ( Sherry) & Bode

We were going to meet Tammy and Marcus

and we killed some time before going back outside

in the wind and cold –

18 degrees wind chill!

Marcus Bode Tammy
We met up
but the gates were closed
because somewhere there
was a incident
we never learned what it was!

So – we walked up the street to Old Ebbit Grill

And they had some wine

and got warmed up!

Tammy and Bode
at Old Ebbits Grill

When we walked back down the street

we found all 110 kids standing outside the gate

they still were not allowed in!

We found Taylor
and of course as always
a big smile!
And then we found Cassidy
so darned cute in her
purple hat and scarf!

Soon – the secret service and the park police arrived

and opened up all the gates –

Then it was onto the Christmas Tree stage

The stage with
the White house
Christmas tree behind it!

It was really cold and the wind was blowing

All the kids were ushered into a big tent

where they grouped up – got warm

and waited to come out!

The director of the choir
and Cassidy in Purple
climbing up to her spot
on the top row

Cassidy ended up on the top row – and you could see her rising

up and down on her tiptoes to be seen! LOL

Taylor ended up in the front row

Then they began to sing – and I was very impressed!

The Madison Trust fourth grade chorus

They sang five songs – and they were really good –

All are classmates of the fourth grade in the school they attend.

The White House Christmas Tree
The WHITE HOUSE in the background
Each small tree is from all the different states
Beautiful sky
behind the tree
Some of the toy towns and trains on the lawn
Sherry with the Washington Monument
in the back ground
It was cold!
Cassidy – fifth from the right

It was well worth the cold and wind –

the kids were great

and the setting beautiful

We have been here a number of times

and it always sends s shiver

and a good feeling.

They will remember this –

when they were young

THEY SANG IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE

AT THE WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS TREE!

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