A momentous day for selfie rights.
The White House just lifted its ban on taking pictures during tours, a ban that has been around for forty years (Thanks a lot, Nixon!). First Lady Michelle Obama announced the news on a hip new app called "Instagram." Make sure to stick around for a bonus 4-second blooper after the 8-second video is over! I know, right? What a fun-but-also-professional First Lady.
You can read the official (i.e. more boring) policy change on the White House's website:
As of July 1, 2015, Smartphones and compact cameras with a lens no longer than 3 inches (stills only) are permitted on the public tour route as long as their use does not interfere with other guests' enjoyment of the tour.
Video cameras including any action camcorders, cameras with detachable lenses, tablets, tripods, monopods and camera sticks are not permitted.
Flash photography or live stream as well as talking or texting on cellular phones is not permitted while on the tour.
As I'm sure you guessed, the White House is in the process of hiring a "Deputy Executive Chairman of Measuring Camera Lenses" and a "Secretary of Defense Against Selfie Sticks." Visitors were encouraged today to snap pictures with the hashtag #WhiteHouseTour. Just going through Instagram, you can see that people are already all over that shit:
The White House invited photographers, bloggers, and media outlets to come and celebrate the lifted photography ban today. Cameras on cameras. @cubbygraham #WhiteHouseTour
A photo posted by Becky Harlan (@beckharlan) on
Selfies galore on the public White House tour this morning. #whitehousetour
A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on
Inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, where the first selfies, snaps, hyperlapses, #fromwhereistand tags and many more are being brought to life from within The White House. Way to go, @whitehouse! #WhiteHouseTour
A photo posted by Zach Glassman (@zachspassport) on
White House tours just got a lot more annoying.