Friday, October 19, 2012

President Obama Suprises Garden Tour Guests

President Obama caused shrieks of excitement from hundreds of guests visiting the South Lawn of the White House on Friday morning for the annual Fall Garden Tour when he made an "unscheduled" appearance on the Colonnade along the Rose Garden.  The President walked out around 9:00 AM and waved to the crowd of camera-toting visitors, inspiring chants of "four more years."  (Above:  This image was Photo of the Day on the White House blog)

During his quick stroll, the President stopped to let First Dog Bo out of a door along the Colonnade, and the frisky four-year old joined his master as he vanished into the Oval Office after more waves to the crowd. (Above:  The view from the crowd)

The President was headed to his daily Presidential Briefing before departing for Camp David in Maryland, where he will spend the weekend prepping for his third Presidential Debate on Monday in Florida.

Thousands of guests have visited the White House this year for the annual Garden tours, which began last weekend and continue through Saturday.  A group of fifty lucky guests was also invited to participate in a special Fall Social, and they happily Tweeted their private garden tour and meeting with Administration officials.

The White House livestreamed part of Friday's Garden Tour, and late in the day issued a new video that includes archival Kitchen Garden footage, featuring First Lady Michelle Obama and Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass discussing the South Lawn project.

*Top photo by Pete Souza/White House; second by Eddie Gehman Kohan/Obama Foodorama; White House video