On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, the IWP interns had a great morning touring the East Wing of the White House. Haley Ashcom, the internship program coordinator at IWP, arranged the tour through Senator Roy Blunt’s (R-MO) office.
After we entered through security at the White House Visitors Center, we entered the East Wing. As we walked down the hallway, we were provided a beautiful view of the White House lawn and the Washington Monument.
The first room we passed through was the East Room, which houses two awe-inspiring chandeliers and is where distinguished awards such as the Congressional Medal of Honor are bestowed. Many of the interns had their pictures taken in front of the red carpet leading to the East Room, a place where certain presidents have chosen to make major speeches.
We then moved on through each of the three state parlor rooms, which are all decorated in separate shades of color. The green room displays a large painting of Benjamin Franklin over the fireplace, and it used for small receptions and teas before state dinners. The blue room, with its distinct oval shape, hosts small dinner receptions and was the location of the only presidential wedding at the White House when Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom in 1886. The red room is also used for small dinners, cocktails and music.
Lastly, we entered the state dining room, where the President hosts heads of state for official dinners. On the way out, we passed by many of the famous presidential paintings hanging in the hallway. All in all, it was an eye-opening experience and a fun tour.