This morning Hannah and I met Majority Whip and SC House Rep James Clyburn in his office in the Capitol. He sat Hannah on his couch and talked with her for a few minutes. Then he took a picture with her and let her look out of his window to see his view of the Washington Monument.
Next, we were off for our White House tour after a quick lunch. It was amazing. We got to spend quite a bit of time in the rooms of the White House. We saw the East, Blue, Green, and the Red rooms along with a few others. Then we all met for a picture on the back entrance of the White House. The back lawn has an amazing view. Once all the Champions and their families were in place for the picture, President Obama made his appearance. He took the time to shake every one of the Champion kids hands and then took a few pictures sitting in the middle of them all. He then asked the kids if they had any questions for him. One little boy stood up and asked him about health care for kids. The President laughed for a second and then gladly explained his plan for health care for kids that he is currently working on. He spoke to everyone and then invited all the kids to play on his girls' new playset on the back lawn. The President came back out to watch all the kids play on the playground. Of course, Savannah seized the moment to run over to him and shake his hand. He greeted her with a big smile and said "hey there little one" and shook her hand and she was all smiles. Unfortunately,I missed that moment with camera.
He thanked all for visiting with him today as his girls were on spring break and had left him there all alone to work.
Above are a few pics from yesterday and this morning. We have a finale this afternoon at the ESPN Zone where Mark Wills is going to perform for us as well as Miss America. I think there is going to be some other surprise there! We'll see. We will be leaving out early in the morning and will be home shortly after lunch.
This has been an amazing trip that is definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity. I cannot express enough thanks to all that have been responsible for giving us this opportunity. The Children's Miracle Network is an incredible organization that is all about helping the kids that are our future. Everyone needs to know what this organization does for kids everywhere around the world and we were honored that Hannah was chosen to represent, Palmetto Health Hospital, South Carolina, and all of the 17 MILLION kids seen by CMN hospitals every year.