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Surprise! Guests get a presidential shock during newly reopened White House tours

Michelle and Barack Obama.
Michelle and Barack Obama.

“This is going to be fun!”

That’s what Michelle Obama tweeted just before joining her husband Barack Obama in giving White House tour guests the shock of their lives.

The White House restored public tours for the first time Tuesday more than six months after the sequester shuttered the program.

To celebrate the re-opening, the president and first lady personally greeted the first guests as they came in with handshakes, high-fives, hugs, and photo ops. “It’s good to have you back,” Obama reportedly said to one of the tour-goers.

We just re-opened tours at the White House & I’m about to greet folks right now. Tune in…this is going to be fun! –mo

— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) November 5, 2013

The Obamas congratulated one young lawyer on passing the bar exam, thanked a former Obama campaign worker, and marveled at one 5-year-old’s missing tooth. And also rolling out the welcome wagon were Bo and Sunny, the Obamas’ Portuguese water dogs.

Photos: Presidential pets through the years

It was a new spending bill approved by Congress this week that allowed the White House to begin hosting tours once again—though on a limited schedule of three days a week rather than five.

The tours will run through January 15 (when the funding will run out). Can’t make it to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in time? You can take an interactive tour online and browse some of the White House’s art collection too.

Watch the Obamas greet excited White House guests:


Vi-An Nguyen
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