Michelle Obama told an audience attending her book signing Tuesday that the White House garden is still “semi-open to the public” because visitors can see it through the fence.
She was promoting her book, “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America,” released in May 2012.
“[M]y goal in this book is to share the story of the creation of the garden,” Michelle Obama said during the Tuesday morning signing at Washington’s Politics and Prose Bookstore, “because while it is semi-open to the public — because if you visit the White House along the South Lawn, you can see the garden from outside of the White House.”
“But millions of people don’t get a chance to come to Washington. They hear about the garden; they don’t get an opportunity to see it,” she said.
Visitors standing outside the fence of the South Lawn can see portions of the garden at least 100 yards away, though the view can be somewhat obscured by a wall of trees and shrubbery.
The Obama administration stopped allowing visitors to tour the White House grounds beginning on March 9 “due to staffing reductions resulting from sequestration.”
I gotta couple questions for Michelle Antoinette.
If that’s her garden, how come we never see her working in it? (Unless it’s a photo-op.) Who is really tending it, and how much are they getting paid? Why weren’t they laid-off from the Sequester? Was anybody on her staff furloughed?
I have a really small garden out back – just four plants. You can kinda see it through the fence too. But I bet I spend more time in my garden than she spends in hers.