Allan at the White House, 8/26/2013

My trip to the White House on a media credential to cover the Medal of Honor presentation to US Army Staff Sergeant Ty M. Carter for his heroism on 10/3/2009 by President Barack Obama.

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  1. Turns out that wasn't the case...more on that below!
  2. Didn't look to see if it had, but I doubt it. As I wrote in my blog post on Saturday, August 24 announcing I'd make the trip, Americans are too concerned with keeping up with Kardashians than honoring our heroes.
  3. I had called the Press Office shortly after 9:00 to verify logistics and make sure there wouldn't be any problem with having my laptop, etc. The very nice young woman I spoke with made me feel quite at ease and had told me that I was welcome for the daily briefing, although I wouldn't have a seat (they're all pre-assigned). It then dawned on me that I'd be treated like any other journalist there, and not be limited just to covering the Medal of Honor presentation!
  4. Dakota Meyer received the Medal of Honor at the White House on September 15, 2011 for his heroism at the Battle of Ganjgal on September 8, 2009. I often retweet his "Morning Motivations" and his for that morning really summed up how "Just a Blogger" me got to the White House.
  5. Going through White House security is easier than that an American airport run by the TSA. Then again, the Uniformed Division of the Secret Service has the benefit of all visitors having background checks done in advance...