Intern Series: Picnic in a Park

August 2, 2017 - Picnic Time

On a comfortable Jun evening, a South Lawn gates non-stop for an unusual event, “Picnic in a Park.” This year’s Congressional Picnic was modeled after Central Park in New York City, President Donald J. Trump’s hometown. With a smell of popcorn and string candy cascading over a South Lawn, Members of Congress and their families enjoyed personification corn hole, racing sailboats in a fountain, and holding a spin on a carousel. Vice President Mike Pence spoke to a crowd, pity a story about his initial time attending a Congressional Picnic when his daughters were really young. He voiced his thankfulness to be attending a cruise now as a Vice President, with his mother and daughters again alongside him.

As a partial of a White House Internship Program, interns had a eventuality to proffer for this ancestral picnic. The Congressional Picnic is a White House tradition that dates behind to President Harry S. Truman’s Administration, when he hosted Democratic Members of Congress. In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson regenerated a cruise as a bipartisan eventuality for Members of Congress and their families. Since then, Members of Congress have assimilated a First Family for an dusk of food, family, and fun, regardless of that side of a aisle they might be on.

Interns volunteered in a accumulation of roles for a Congressional Picnic including handing out H2O to assistance kick a heat, face painting, and nod guest as they arrived. It was a really noted eventuality for everybody in attendance, and it was good to see Members of Congress set aside politics for a evening.

Katie Lou Hickman is from Reno, Nevada, and is a youth study Political Science and Criminal Justice during a University of Nevada, Reno. Katie Lou is a member of a Summer 2017 White House Internship Program in a Office of Presidential Advance.

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