Wednesday, July 8, 2009

House Call

Four players got a chance to take a special tour Tuesday, thanks to Matthew Cutts, Chairman of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission, and Kirk Rostron, Chairman and Founder of No Greater Sacrifice (and Steve Cherundolo's cousin..).

Cherundolo, Brian Ching, Jimmy Conrad and Heath Pearce were given a private guided tour of the East Wing of the White House - POTUS and FLOTUS were not at home - and met several members of the White House Office of Public Engagement leadership team, including Christina M. Tchen, Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and Michael Strautmanis, Chief of Staff to the Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Relations and Public Engagement.

Tagging along on the tour were Joe Kennedy - a staff assistant to the Office of Public Engagement and the guy with enviable task of dealing with all of the stars of the sports world that come through 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and Chelsea Kammerer from the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Shameless namedropping now complete, the tour itself was quite fascinating. The players were led through some of the most famous rooms in the house, including the Blue Room (where foreign heads of state are greeted) and the China Room that houses all of the White House china since the time of George Washington. They also got a peek at the Roosevelt Room, where the President's Cabinet meets, and through an open door a view of the
Oval Office.

Steve's cousin is the really tall guy. Oh, and he's the man...

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