I had all of an hour and a half free when I arrived on Friday so I jumped in a cab and did a whistle stop tour of some of the more famous sights.
I just missed a great picture as Obama's helicopter came in low and fast, landing on a shielded section of theWhite House lawn .
I've got to be a bit quicker off the mark I guess.
As you would expect the security around the White House is tight.
Washington strikes me as a nice place to live albeit unbearably hot at the moment. Like Ottawa where I grew up its clean as only capital cities seem to be. I'd heard over the years that its a dangerous city, but in talking to cab drivers and people familiar with the place there seems to have been fairly dramatic progress in cleaning up many of the problems. I never felt even a whiff of threat though restricted as I am to the core "touristy" bits of the city, I imagine they're pretty much sterilised.