Walk, Next Time, Mr. President.

whitehouseellipse.png I know it’s cold tonight, and I know you’re the leader of the free world, but would it have killed you to walk from the White House to the Ellipse for the Christmas Tree Lighting instead of taking your whole motorcade the sum total of one block?

I know, I know, you’re hiding behind the Secret Service. I respect that, I suppose, they’re just doing their job, but there’s got to be a way to avoid this kind of stuff, no? It’s silly that you can’t walk one block, from the White House (one of the most heavily guarded fortresses in the world), to the Ellipse, one of the most heavily surveilled places in this city. The President is supposed to be a man of the people, not a hidden figured shushed away by private car.

3 Comments so far

  1. Doug (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 9:38 pm

    Calvin Coolidge walked from the White House to light the first National Christmas Tree in 1923. I’m not sure how many others have done the same, although the tree has not always been placed in the Ellipse.

  2. Max (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 6:25 pm

    I think it’d be cool to see him fly from the white house balcony to the tree on a jet pack.

  3. Steven Andrew Miller (unregistered) on December 10th, 2006 @ 4:55 am

    I believe that the last President to openly walk around DC was Harry S. Truman. While out walking on the morning of November 1, 1950 two Puerto Rican nationalists attempted to assassinate Truman, and ended up killing a police officer.

    Bush and every other President has good reason to not be walking around.

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