After settling in on our first day, we were up and at ‘em on Sunday. At 11:00 am. Yep, I let the girls sleep in. As much as I was tempted to go, go, go, I realized that sleep, sleep, sleep was important, too. Our lazy morning gave way to a fascinating 4 plus hour visit to the Newseum, which was highly recommended by my dear friend Lesleigh. Thank you, LC – it was amazing! It felt fresh and relevant and was not a stodgy, dusty museum overrun with school groups. The Newseum promotes, explains, and defends the five freedoms of the First Amendment. The girls each easily named them but If you’re like me and need a little brushing up on the five freedoms:
Today’s front pages – from each of the 50 states plus DC as well as a sampling of international newspapers (changes daily)
View from terrace of historic Pennsylvania Avenue and the United States Capitol
The Three Trees Take DC!
Berlin Wall Gallery – the eight 12-foot tall concrete sections are one of the largest pieces of the original wall outside Germany. I could not help but think of Trump’s pledge to build a wall even higher than this.
Note the graffiti covered west side and the blank east side where people weren’t permitted to get close enough to paint
9/11 Gallery with broadcast antennae from the top of the World Trade Center and front pages from newspapers around the world detailing the terrorist attack
Famous headlines cleverly displayed in cases that you pull out to read flat. Note that Oakley and Lou took many of these photos, hence the focus on WWII.
A map illustrating the varying degrees of freedom in the world press. Norway has the freest press. The girls want to go there – for the fjords, happy people, and to see socialism in action. (Oh, how I love my kids!)
Remember this? Tim Russert’s white board from the Bush-Gore 2000 election night
Our favorite from the Pulitzer Prize Photo Gallery. We call it “Badass Barack”.
Say cheese(burger)! Shake Shack to the rescue!
Oh, DC! You’re funny.
Union Station. No, the ceiling isn’t actually green, it’s white. The light from the evening sun was playing tricks on us.
Walking home. Photo credit: Aspen. March Madness awaits!