We've just come back from a week in Washington DC. There's loads to see and many things that a visitor can see close-up-and-personal but the White House is not one of them. The lower photo shows the view along Pennsylvania Avenue and the veritable fortress that keeps unauthorized vehicles from getting too close. The top photo shows the view across the south lawn; if you look closely you can see a person on the roof and several tri-pod mounted devices there too. Everyone is being watched very closely when they are this close to the presidential residence.