- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 20, 2010

White House tourists got a surprise Wednesday when none other than first lady Michelle Obama showed up as their greeter to mark the end of President Obama’s first year as president.

Mrs. Obama brought the family dog, Bo, to the Blue Room. She spent 45 minutes greeting and hugging many of the 400 guests as they filed in.

The Obamas began Mr. Obama’s presidency with a promise to open the White House to more visitors.

The White House says more than 614,000 guests visited in the first year. That figure includes tourists, participants in the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn, and the spring and fall garden tours.