January 20th, 2011
12:18 PM ET
Washington (CNN) - Visitors on one of the regularly scheduled tours of the White House got quite a surprise Wednesday morning when they were greeted by First Lady Michelle Obama and Bo, the Obama family dog.
Greeting folks from Iowa, Florida, Texas, California and other parts of the country, Mrs. Obama welcomed visitors to the Blue Room of the White House to mark the two year anniversary of her husband taking the oath of office. She shook hands and took pictures while Bo patiently watched the parade of somewhat startled and surprised guests go by. “You can pet him if you want, he’s just hanging out,” she said to one visitor looking at Bo.
Approximately 1.5 million visitors have visited the White House over the past two years – the largest attendance post 9/11 according to a written statement from the White House. The number represents tourists of the residence, guests at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, Fall and Spring Garden Tours, and the White House Kitchen Garden school group tours.
President Obama will travel to the Kennedy Center this evening to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration.