After passing a behemoth health care bill, balancing two wars, and juggling some tricky financial reform, last Sunday, the Obama administration took on its biggest challenge to date as it attempted to shepherd the Wisdom staff on a tour through the West Wing of the White House.
In the early evening hours, Wisdom and company descended on the historic watering hole, Old Ebbitt, to quench their insatiable thirst and prepare for the night’s events. After a few drinks and some fine dining, momentarily satisfied, the group trooped out into the night to meet the sorry soul doomed to be their tour guide.
In their excitement (and perhaps partially because of the booze), the crew realized nearly too late that one of their most important members, the Mighty Malcolm (Trivia guru), was in fact missing. After a few frantic phone calls and a fair amount of finger pointing, they were finally able to track him down at his place of residence in the H Street area.
With only 15 minutes to spare before access to the White House was closed to him (probably forever), the Mighty Malcolm jumped on his scooter, not to be deterred by the seemingly impossible, and defied natural physics as he somehow arrived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue just as the Wisdom staff had lost all hope and was entering the grounds. Finally, the Wisdom crew was at full force.
Wisdom-regular and fearless tour guide Terry, along with soon-to-be-regular and experienced tour guide Danny, headed up the ambitious White House effort and deftly maneuvered the group of miscreants on an extensive tour without major incident.
The group dug down deep and everyone was on their best behavior as they combed the halls of the fully operational West Wing. Along the way, they were able to see the door to the Situation Room as well as the Oval Office. They were even able to spy HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as she passed through the Rose Garden.
Unfortunately, photographs are not permitted in this branch of the White House and, believe it or not, none of the Wisdom staff was stupid enough to try. Or at least not stupid enough to post it here.
Next, it was on to the Press Room.
Then they hit up the Eisenhower Building to check out Terry’s office and eat his jolly ranchers.
Finally it was time for the night’s main event: The most competitive bowling match the White House has ever seen. It was Team Lame vs. Team Awesome and with the help of a little Sierra Nevada the heated battle began.
After a little back and forth in the early frames, Team Lame eventually broke out into a commanding lead and in the end crushed Team Awesome. (Note: Actual scores are too embarrassing to post here).
Miraculously, no one was hurt or arrested and virtually no damage was done to the property. However, there were reports of technical issues on Lane 1 of the bowling alley shortly after Wisdom’s departure. (Note: For details about these allegations, consult The Mayor of Wisdom).
After all was said and done, the crew returned to Wisdom for the after party.
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**Special thanks to Terry and Danny for making this adventure possible**