Blogs from Washington DC: First glance at the White House

Blogs from Washington DC: First glance at the White House

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Everyone who comes near the White House is under surveillance. There is a man standing on top and scrutinizes everyone.
Everyone who comes near the White House is under surveillance. There is a man standing on top and scrutinizes everyone.
Photos: Shue Yan University
From October 27 to November 8, six students from Shue Yan University will be in Washington D.C. to observe and cover the 2012 U.S. Presidential elections. They will be visiting various newsrooms including Politico, The National Journal and also having an exchange with journalism students at the American University.

Over the next two weeks they will be sharing their insights and adventures through blog posts, photos, videos and tweets.


The first morning in the Washington D.C. was really unforgettable because we have just visited the White House. The feeling of standing in front of this white building which usually appears on TV was amazing, I could never imagine myself standing outside the house of the president. It seemed that the president and I were at an arm distance between each other. Unbelievable!

It is a white architecture that’s not supposed to have decorations on it and is surrounded by a lawn and a fence. We were so lucky today that we could take some photos of the White House because when we were almost finished with our trip there, some police came out and ordered people not to take any photos of it. To people, the White House is not just the home of the president, it’s a US landmark. People come to the White House to take some photos while some were yelling “Obama”, hoping to grab the attention of the people inside the house, though it’s impossible!

There are lots of police patrolling around the area. One interesting thing about them is that these police are not the usual one to help arrest criminals and maintain the discipline of the state. They are just the police for this area called “The Park Police”, though they have the same power as the usual police. At the same time, I could see some protesters live standing just a street next to the White house. Although the White House is an important place in the US, it also allows protesters to express their opinions freely there. They wanted the president to know the public’s opinion. The protesters put up a tent and hung some banners and posters to voice out their opinion and questions.

Washington DC is really democratic and respectful to everyone’s opinion.


The offices were really peaceful and quiet as it was a holiday. However, there were still some park police patrolling around the area.

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