We went to D.C. with no plan. During our wanderings we asked how we could sit in the Senate and to our surprise we were given easy clues. Get a pass from any Senators office. So we walked into the office of Tom Daschle, Senator from South Dakota's because it the first office we found. I asked the woman upon entering if we could get 2 passes to the Senate. Five minute later I walked out with the passes. It was a nice experience to be in the hallowed halls of the Senate business offices and we were treated with respect by the aid that assisted us.
From there we headed over to the Senate and worked our way upstairs to the Senate Gallery level. There are multiple security checks along the way, but the setting is imposing and the architecture classic. We were led into the Gallery and had the pleasure of listening to a variety of Senators debate. It made our political system personal. Harry Reid our Senator was there for a while and young kids were seated around the base of the Speaker’s podium learning how our system works.
People came and went, and we could have stayed as long as we wanted. We look forward to going again because the stage is a constant changing live theater.
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