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White House Lifts Ban on Visitor Photography

Visitors to the White House who would feel reality-deprived if they were unable to photo-document their tours of the leader of the free world’s inner sanctum can now rest easy. Cameras and photography are once again permitted on public White House tours.

The news was announced this morning in a tweet by @FLOTUS, First Lady Michelle Obama, on Twitter and Instagram. Her tweet: “Big news! Excited to announce we’re lifting the ban on cameras and photos on public tours at the @WhiteHouse!”

The ban on White House photography has been in place for more than 40 years, for reasons no one can recall. Maybe “photo-bombing” had a different meaning back then…?

Oh, and in case you were wondering: no selfie sticks. Other no-no’s: video cameras, cameras with detachable lenses or fixed lenses longer than three inches, tablets, tripods, flash photos, and live streaming. Even a liberal agenda has its limits.

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