when I wrote the White House over a month ago requesting to visit with my sons on a vacation the last week of August... I didn't even get a response! I later found out that one needs 5 - 6 months notice in advance. I've been in the White House when I was a teenager in the 70's but my teenage sons, not yet. Nevertheless, we had a wonderful time in Washington because we're all history/political minded avid museum goers. However, what I most got out of it was that this grandeur capital really reflects a humbling democratic nation which pays homage to what's been accomplished during its relatively short history. Humility best describes the United States and its people after visiting Washington. Perhaps other nations need to take note.
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