How would you like to have over 10,000 people visit your house in just a single year?
One of the things that many people don’t realize is that when you’re Ambassador, your house is really not your own…I mean, you live there of course, but the house is really there for representational purposes and you happen to sleep there.
To some degree, that is true for all diplomats. In the end, your house is provided by your home government, so you might have to work there at times in a representational fashion. There’s less and less of that as times change and budgets get smaller, and as spouses play less of an official role, but it is still part of the job for many. But not nearly as large of a part of the job as it is for an Ambassador.
And just to give a sense of scale, I thought I’d share this great little time lapse from the Winfield House, the official residence of the Ambassador to the United Kingdom. I first spotted this on Diplopundit – and thought it was fitting since I’m back in London today!
I thought that the Embassy’s choice of song to this was perfect as well – not only is it an artist from the host country, but the “Let’em In…” actually helps to convey how many people walk through the doors of US representation…for all the security concerns that we have – and we do – I think US posts really do try to hard to keep a roster of events and opportunities to “come see us up close” … we’re not always hiding you know 😉