Ban lifted on photos during White House tours

WASHINGTON DC, USA – The White House on Wednesday lifted a 40-year ban on visitors taking photos, and much-prized selfies, on tours of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Tourists to "the People's House" on Wednesday, July 1 were greeted with a changed sign saying "Photography is Encouraged."

The First Lady Michelle Obama announced the decision to the broader public on her Instagram account, ceremoniously ripping up the previous "No Photos" sign.

Big news! Starting today, we’re lifting the ban on cameras and photos on the @WhiteHouse public tour. Visitors are now able to take photos and keep those memories for a lifetime!  To learn how to schedule a tour with your friends and family, visit A video posted by First Lady Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) on Jul 1, 2015 at 4:47am PDT

But there are a few catches: Flashes and video recording or streaming is still prohibited.

In the State Dining Room, 47-year-old visitor Korey Richardson, was excited by the new rules.

"This is my first time here," he said. "I’m taking tons of pictures, at least 30 so far. I’ve already uploaded some to Facebook friends." –