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Old 01-09-2019, 08:39 PM   #1
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Default Choose one - White House tour or Capitol tour?

Heading to DC in a couple weeks to speak at an SAE event and will have a little free time, so I petitioned Ted Cruz's office for some help.

I got confirmation emails today, but given my schedule I may only have time for one or the other... I might have to choose between a guided tour of the Capitol building by someone from Cruz's staff, or a White House East Wing tour.

Which would be better?

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Old 01-09-2019, 08:55 PM   #2
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Wow...I never realized they were 2 separate things.
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Old 01-09-2019, 09:18 PM   #3
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Wow...I never realized they were 2 separate things.
Yeah, turns out it's kind of a pain in the ass. You can't get a White House tour without one of your representatives submitting a request on your behalf, and even then you can't see the West Wing without a personal invite from a White House staffer. I think you can do a self guided Capitol tour - I think - but you'd have to fight the crowds for one of the limited spots, no guarantee, etc.



EDIT: wait, you didn't mean that you didn't realize the White House and the Capitol Building were not the same thing, did you?
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Old 01-09-2019, 09:34 PM   #4
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Yes I meant that. I mean I've never really even given it thought so I didnt really hold a belief one way or another.

I obviously didn't pay attention in my US government class.
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Old 01-09-2019, 09:47 PM   #5
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Yes I meant that. I mean I've never really even given it thought so I didnt really hold a belief one way or another.

I obviously didn't pay attention in my US government class.
That's awesome lol

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Old 01-09-2019, 10:25 PM   #6
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Haha yeah i typically make it abundantly clear that I'm a one trick pony as all of my focus goes to STEM related topics. I have a few interests outside of that, but the vast majority of my time is spent on engineering. Most of the books I read are just textbooks and in my free time i design and analyze stuff. I stay up to date on current events...but only as far as 15-20 minutes of scrolling the news allows unless it's a major development.

I see it as a good thing to be able to put blinders on and focus on the stuff that's helped me get where I'm at now.
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:11 AM   #7
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Heading to DC in a couple weeks to speak at an SAE event and will have a little free time, so I petitioned Ted Cruz's office for some help.

I got confirmation emails today, but given my schedule I may only have time for one or the other... I might have to choose between a guided tour of the Capitol building by someone from Cruz's staff, or a White House East Wing tour.

Which would be better?
I have done a Captiol tour that was guided. We got to go underneath with the congressman's staffer, took the train to the different parts, etc. It was pretty cool. Obviously we did the group tour with everyone, but the extra bit was nice. I have not done a White House tour, so I can't comment on it.

If you have any free time, check out the National Building Museum. You won't be disappointed.
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:08 AM   #8
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I have done both. Was not really impressed with either one. Smithsonian is a must see.
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:30 AM   #9
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I have done both. Was not really impressed with either one. Smithsonian is a must see.
Yep! The air and space museum is where its at!!!

It's only second behind the war memorials.
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:57 AM   #10
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Personally, I would rather see the white house, though a personal tour of the capitol with a staffer would likely be very interesting.

I have a friend that is DC police and was their media officer for a bit. He offered to get us into the white house if we were to come, but we couldnt get up there during the window he had open. He's back to mounted patrol, riding on horseback in various parks, etc.
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:52 AM   #11
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I have been to DC many times and seen tons of memorials, museums, etc. I have been all around the White House but not in it and guided tour of Capitol as noted. Through all the trips, the coolest thing I have ever seen was one time at the WW II Memorial (I try to get by it every time I'm there to just walk around and clear my head paying respect to the greatest generation). One day while there walking around, an Honor Flight rolled up in a bus. Seeing those vets depart that bus, some in chairs, some walking, many needing assistance, was one of the most emotional things I have ever seen. Everyone there viewing the memorial stopped what they were doing, lined up both sides of the walk, took off their hats and cheered. It was awesome to witness and be a part of it. Lots of tears all around that day.
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Old 01-10-2019, 10:31 AM   #12
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^^^
Exactly. When I was at the WWII monument I couldn't bring myself to take pictures because it just seemed trivial. Did yell at some cock suckers who had their feet in the pool.
Besides the WH/Capitol tours, the Holocaust, American History and Udvar-Hazey Smithsonians are a must. Also if there's time, stop by the NRA Headquarters and check out their museum.
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:51 PM   #13
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Provided nothing is closed in no particular order.

1. Udvar-Hazy at Dulles is where the have static air craft for air and space.
2. Holocaust
3 American History
4. White House
5. Capitol Building
6. Lincoln Memorial
7. Jefferson Memorial.

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walking from one end of the mall to the other It is way farther than it looks. They have a tram that goes from memorial to memorial.

We did a Segway tour and that was a blast so I would recommend that for the fun factor.
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:27 PM   #14
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White House. Getting the invite is a bitch, so go for it. The Capitol, yeah, you have to fight a ridiculous line for the self guided tour. When I was just there, I WH tours were shut down for Christmas, and the line(s) at the Capitol were 1/2 mile at any given time.

I did get to tour both when I was a kid (14). Dad knew a woman that was a muckity muck with the Dept. of Transportation, and she gave us a guided tour of the WH (both wings). Even got a quick "Hi" from the "Great Communicator".
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:40 PM   #15
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I have a friend that is DC police and was their media officer for a bit. He offered to get us into the white house if we were to come, but we couldnt get up there during the window he had open. He's back to mounted patrol, riding on horseback in various parks, etc.
Whoa! You were gonna sneak into the white house through a window!?!?

That’s some ballsy shit!
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Old 01-10-2019, 10:02 PM   #16
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I'm going back and forth on this one. I think either one you will have an awesome experience but at the same time wish you were on the other one.
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:16 AM   #17
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Provided nothing is closed in no particular order.

1. Udvar-Hazy at Dulles is where the have static air craft for air and space.
2. Holocaust
3 American History
4. White House
5. Capitol Building
6. Lincoln Memorial
7. Jefferson Memorial.

The one at Dulles was my favorite of all the museums, it was a lot better than the air and space on the mall. Going in the winter is the best, first time I went to DC was in December before school gets out and it snowed 6" while I was on the mall, walked right into every museum without waiting in a single line. Went back during the cherry blossom festival a few years later and holy crap it was terrible.
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:21 AM   #18
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Heading to DC in a couple weeks
It is already understood you are going to Arlington Cemetery to witness the changing of the guard, yes?
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Whoa! You were gonna sneak into the white house through a window!?!?
LOL... that's the way I first read it.
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:47 AM   #19
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Senator Cornyn has a standing coffee date open to any Texan most Thursdays.

https://www.cornyn.senate.gov/texas-thursday-coffee

As for your question though a White House tour is much more exclusive and maybe you'll get a chance to call Jim Acosta a moron.
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:52 AM   #20
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It is already understood you are going to Arlington Cemetery to witness the changing of the guard, yes?
I've seen it before so it's not on the agenda this time.
Looks like right now it will be White House, National Archives (wife's choice), and Air & Space... after those we may be out of time.
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