By accident, we found ourselves in front of the White House. The grey and quiet late morning had few people there – just the usual clumps of tourists trading cameras while the rest of the group posed, families with babies in strollers, a few Washingtonians walked quickly by on their way to somewhere important…. But then, the distant sound of chanting became clear and more urgent with each passing minute.
What did their signs say? Everything about this demonstration was unclear. Our advice to those trying to convey their message: state your point clearly and simply. (Staging a demonstration when nobody knows who you are and what you are asking the government to do is pointless we thought.)
The fact did not escape us that the demonstration that day (and many days) is heartwarming. We wish all lived in civil societies that welcome the public expression of other points of view.
Directly across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House is the somewhat formal Lafayette Square. We’ve always enjoyed our walks through the square with its grand trees and traditional layout….
One of our favorite treats in Washington is found at Teaism, just a few steps northwest of the Kosciuszko statue in Lafayette Square.
So goes a day in the capital city.