Surprise from the President and Mrs. Obama

Today, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off the resumption of East Wing and Executive Residence tours by surprising White House tour guests in the Blue Room.

Followers of the First Lady's Twitter and Instagram accounts were given the first heads up that something special was about to happen:

The President and First Lady welcomed guests with handshakes and hugs. Bo and Sunny made an appearance and guests of all ages affectionately patted and pet the pups.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet visitors in the Blue Room during a White House tour.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet visitors in the Blue Room during a White House tour, Nov. 5, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Planning a visit to Washington, DC? Those interested in scheduling a tour of the East Wing and Executive Residence should contact their Member of Congress. Learn about the resumption of public East Wing and Executive Residence tours here.

Not able to visit? The Obama administration believes that experiencing the White House shouldn't be limited to those who are able to visit in person. Check out all of the ways we offer virtual visitors unprecedented access to the People’s House, and then find out how to stay engaged with all that is happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

First Lady Michelle Obama, with Obama family pet Bo, greets visitors in the Blue Room during a White House tour.

First Lady Michelle Obama, with Obama family pet Bo, greets visitors in the Blue Room during a White House tour, Nov. 5, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon) November 5, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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