Despite allowing thousands of people to visit the White House daily over several decades, it was only until today that people were allowed to take photos during these tours.
The announcement was made by First Lady Michelle Obama, who posted a video of herself ripping up the sign forbidding photography, ending a policy that had been in place for 40 years.
So now instead of taking the virtual tour of the White House from the comfort of our own homes, which are essentially 360 degrees photos produced by Google, we can elect to go through our Congressional representative before enduring an extensive background check that usually takes weeks before we are given the privilege of visiting the selected eight rooms included in the tour.
The tour is self-guided, but, of course, visitors will always be under the watchful eye of the Secret Service.
So now instead of going through the tiresome security theater of restricting photography, visitors are encouraged to post their photos to social media with the hashtag, #WhiteHouseTour.
Judging by the photos posted so far, the main challenge will be to take a photo that does not include velvet ropes, uniformed Secret Service agents or wandering tourists.
— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) July 1, 2015