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 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:
I politely asked this agent if they would please just stand ten feet to 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:
If I worked REALLY HARD, I could almost get them out of the frame…: