Getting Owned By The Locals

Trip Start Oct 20, 2012
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Trip End Nov 10, 2012


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Flag of United States  , District of Columbia
Saturday, October 27, 2012

We are now arriving in Washington DC; a District that has impacted the world and is home to the president of the United States. We can't wait to tour the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, and many other sights. Also, we can’t wait to get out of the car for a little game of Ultimate Frisbee on the Mall. The first sight that we stop at is the Lincoln Memorial. Here sits America’s best president who kept our country together and freed the slaves that were in the South. The Memorial itself cost close to 3 million dollars to build and weighs close to 38,000 tons. The next stop we had been at the White house. This amazing building has been the home for many of the country’s greatest leaders. We sat there staring at its beauty, then out of nowhere a man came up to us wearing a black jacket with a Columbia logo on it. He started speaking to us, "How are you guys doing today?" 
“Good”, we told him. “Do you know much about Harry Truman? “ “Do I ever,” said the man. “Let me tell you about him...”
 
“Harry Truman was not elected as president first off. He was the vice president for Roosevelt until the death of Franklin Roosevelt in 1945. During his term , Helped Renovated the White House and he launched the atom bomb on Japan. During the Renovation he had to stay in the Blair House till the project is complete. During the Renovations two terrorist from Porto Rico plot an assassination attempt on the president to raise awareness for the rebellion in Porto Rico. The assassins plotted for months to kill him and on November 1, 1950 they assaulted the home. They never made it inside the house and they both died in the attack.

The Atom Bomb was being built for military use; to President Truman it was as if entire planet fell on him. The president was a hard, working persistent man that wouldn't give up. He pushed through the first years as president and helped end World War II with the bombing of Japan. The bomb he released was nothing like any other bomb. The atom bomb had the force of 20,000 tons of TNT. In his speech to the public he talks to them about the race to build this bomb and how “we have spent two billion dollars on the greatest scientist gamble and we won."

“Thank you sir for that history lesson about President Harry Truman. It was very informative and helped answer a lot of questions that we had about President Truman.” We stated. “No problem” he said, “you guys have a good day.” We looked at our watches and decided that it was time for ultimate Frisbee, so we head over to the Mall and challenged some of the locals to a game. We got beaten very badly; 1-9 actually, but we had a lot of fun. Tomorrow we have to leave and flight out to Korea to see some Korean Culture and learn more about the bills that President Truman passed as president.                                                                                                            -Kyle Fathauer


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