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To many peoples’ surprise, we tweeted/facebooked on Thursday night that we had flown over to Washington DC for one day for a very special event. We didn’t reveal too much about our plans to go over and what we were doing there because honestly, we weren’t sure either. But on Thursday night, Wes and Phil had the honor of meeting the President and First Lady of the United States, Barack and Michelle Obama!
The White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders is a committee established by the Obama administration to keep him up to date on the issues happening in the AAPI community. For his holiday reception this year, the AAPI was asked to invite certain community leaders to attend, and we were included on this guest list. Being invited to the White House at all is a huge honor. How many people can say they got to go the President’s holiday party? But then we were informed the day before that we would have the chance to meet Obama himself. We couldn’t believe it.
Walking into the White House felt like we were walking into history, it was so beautiful. The party was grand and everything was decorated wonderfully (Christmas trees literally every 30 feet). To To meet the president we had an allotted time to stand in line (like a meet&greet for Mickey Mouse, haha) and after several check points we were in the same room as Barack. We were escorted by a military service man in formal uniform up to the president, presented with our names, and we had about 10 seconds to shake his hand, say a few words, and take a photo. It happened so fast, but…it happened.
What an honor. I don’t know what else to say. I can’t believe that these videos we make on Youtube have brought us to the White House, to the President. Thank you so much to Eddie from the AAPI Initiative for inviting us to be a part of this huge honor that we’ll remember for the rest of our lives. We have some video from our visit, but for now until we edit it together, hope the photos give a good feel.
With Chris and Travis from the band New Heights, other guests of the AAPI Initiative, in one of rooms discussing policy. haha
Catching up with Eddie, head of the AAPI Initiative, and also member of the Jubilee Project!
***Our actual photo with the President and First Lady I think is being mailed to us. We were not allowed to bring cameras into the area, so we’ll share that when it comes!***
Thank you for your support. You are directly part of the reason why we got to have this experience. Thank you.