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Barack, Michelle Obama Offer Virtual White House Tour via Facebook 360 Video, Oculus Rift, Gear VR

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are offering guided tours of The White House in their last days as residents.

The Obamas teamed up with Felix & Paul Studios and Oculus VR on The People’s House: Inside The White House With Barack and Michelle Obama, available as a 360-degree video on Facebook, as well as via Oculus Video for the Oculus Rift and Gear VR.

“This house belongs to you, and to every American. For eight years, just a short chapter in the long story of our democracy, my family also had the privilege of calling the White House home.” —President Obama. Join the President and the First Lady for a preview of a 360° tour of the White House taking you into some of the most historic rooms of the People’s House, from the Situation Room to the Oval Office.

(Created by Félix & Paul Studios and Oculus)

Posted by The White House on Friday, January 13, 2017

The Obamas are no stranger to virtual reality, as the first couple, along with daughters Malia and Sasha, teamed up with National Geographic, Felix & Paul Studios and Oculus last August on Through the Ages: President Obama Celebrates America’s National Parks, which was released to the same platforms.

Oculus said in a blog post that The People’s House: Inside The White House With Barack and Michelle Obama will allow viewers to experience nine famous areas of The White House through the Obamas’ eyes, including spaces that are not open to the public, such as the Oval Office.

President Obama said during the video, as quoted in the blog post:

Michelle and I always joke, we’re just renters here … the owners are the American people and all those invested in creating this amazing place with so much history. What we want to do is make sure that everybody felt they had access to it … that as many people as possible could come in and appreciate the place where Lincoln or FDR or Reagan had made decisions that helped to shape America.

Every president moves to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. with the full awareness that it is a temporary address. This is where we watched our daughters grow up. This is where we came to know the talented, devoted, optimistic Americans from every corner of the country and every station in life. Because as beautiful as these buildings are, it’s the people in them and the work that’s done here, the triumphs and tragedies you experience over course of your years here—that’s what imbues a place with meaning.

Readers: Will you watch The People’s House: Inside The White House With Barack and Michelle Obama on Facebook, Oculus Rift or Gear VR?


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