White House Partners with Google Art Project for Virtual Tour
President Barack Obama participates in an interview with YouTube and Google+ to discuss his State of the Union Address, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Jan. 30, 2012. The interview was held through a Google+ Hangout, making it the first completely virtual interview from the White House.
April 3rd, 2012
12:30 AM ET

White House Partners with Google Art Project for Virtual Tour

In what the Obama administration is describing as another step in its attempts to increase the public's access to the White House, the First Lady’s office announced on Tuesday that the Google Art Project will be creating a virtual 360-degree tour of the historic building’s public rooms.

Launched in early 2011, the Google Art Project provides virtual tours of many of the world’s preeminent art museums. As a public museum, a private residence, and the executive office of the President, the White House fills many roles. It will join museums like the National Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Google's site.

The statement from the First Lady's office announcing the partnership included quotes from a video address featuring Michelle Obama will be posted on the Google Art Project’s White House site. In the remarks, the first lady emphasizes the White House’s role as “the people’s house.”

“Thousands of people have walked these halls and gazed at the artwork,” Mrs. Obama will say in the video. “They’ve examined the portraits of Washington, Lincoln, and Kennedy. They’ve imagined the history that’s unfolded here. And now you can do all of that without leaving your home. So go ahead, look around, enjoy the history and the beauty of these rooms. Because after all, this is your house, too.”

The release announcing the new partnership between the White House and Google goes on to explain that “the White House is the only building in the world that is simultaneously the home of a head of state, the executive office of a head of state, and is regularly open to the public for tours.”

Check out the tour at the Google Art Project.

Topics: Uncategorized

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Andrei

    Barb Wow, Ryan! I just wanted to thank you for heiplng to support our troops. My b-i-l is in the Air Force stationed in Incirlik Turkey. He's been to Afghanistan a number of times. My sister is in the Air Force Reserves also in Incirlik. I am so proud of both of them! And I am proud of you and the great causes you support as well as your debut cd! I have a very hard time taking it out of my cd player in my car. Usually if I do replace it, it's with a CT cd!Thank you, Ryan!Barb

    July 31, 2012 at 7:28 am |
  2. Suzuki

    , I can't find a single cogmressnan shouting over Bush's speech, just the usual grumbling that goes on both sides of the aisle. However, Fen, I'll gladly accept any proof you have that congressmen (Democrat or Republican) have shouted over Bush's speech.Back to the actual matter at hand, I'm surprised I can't find any conversation here about the actual statement and whether or not it is true. From my reading, specifically page 143, it seems to state: Nothing in this subtitle shall allow Federal payments for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States.It looks like there will be no healthcare for illegal immigrants. Can someone point out to me where it does say that illegal immigrants would be covered?And I just checked the poll numbers, CNN is reporting that just over two thirds of viewers favor Obama's healthcare plans. Any references to Americans thinking otherwise must be referring to the minority that isn't in favor of Obama's plan, right?

    August 1, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
  3. Yesx

    My impression of the Holodomor was not that it was deeltirabe, but that (like the peasants in China after Mao took power) food production was completely divorced from food consumption. That is, the farmers did not eat what they grew or traded for, they ate from the communal kitchen/mess hall. Since food was coming from somewhere else, why work so hard? Likewise there was always the temptation/pressure on the commisars to inflate their production reports which seemed like a great idea until harvest came and Moscow told you to ship half your corn out for redistribution. Since the commisar had *reported* 50 tons of grain produced that meant that he had to ship out 25 tons. Which caused big problems when only 30 tons had actually been produced.

    August 1, 2012 at 11:29 pm |