This AAARGGHHHED! me off in DC last weekend.
Bad enough that DC was shutdown, and that we experienced record-breaking (3″) rainfall four our far-in-advance planned first visit to DC for our elementary school kids.
One of the only things we could do was to take pics of our Nation’s icons – like The White House.
Here’s our shot:
These guys, protecting the President (from WAY far away – see next image) – just couldn’t be bothered to move for citizens taking pics.
These Secret Service blokes had parked themselves dead-center between the apex of the Ellipse and the White House. Just where Citizens stopped to take photos:
These SS guys are WAY, WAY far away from The White House. Just shifting left or right a few feet would have served the Citizens and Visitors there capturing precious memories of this important symbol of freedom.
I politely asked this agent if they would please just stand ten feet to either side of dead-center.
Really? You can’t stand around and chit-chat with your buddies in the SS just 10 feet either side of dead center??
I have to say, he was pretty much an a__hole. There’s no way to soft-pitch how he interacted with this U.S. Citizen. Your imagination won’t do justice to the reality.
See all those people behind him? They’re all standing there for ONE PURPOSE: To memorialize their visit to our Nation’s Capital with a memorable picture of The White House. Don’t even get me started about the government being shutdown so one of the few things visitors could do was capture photographic memories.
Whether U.S. citizens, or visitors from afar – our White House represents Freedom to the world – and it broke my heart (and pissed me off!!) that the photographic memory of our symbol of freedom was so rudely marred by the SS. Nothing like a show of restraining force to emphasis our freedom.
My eight year old daughter asked, “Why don’t those policemen move? It’s not like we’re going to shoot a bullet out of our camera or anything.”
Here’s a snap of his fellow SS Officers. And keep in mind – hey have NOTHING to do but chit-chat with each other waiting for some distant threat to materialize:
These fellows were part of the four-officer posse photo-bombing The White House
Look, at my great picture of The White House!
If I worked REALLY HARD, I could almost get them out of the frame…:
Really. Just ten feet left or right… But no. “We stand in in THIS SPOT.”