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December 19, 2012

Union Township native helps to decorate the White House

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Just when White thought that the magic was winding down, she got an unexpected invitation.

Michelle Obama was to host a reception to unveil the decorations, and she invited Blue Star and Gold Star military families, as well as the Wound Warrior Project, as guests. The event also was open to media.

“I was asked if I would like to do a press conference, and I said ‘absolutely,’ ” White recalled. “I ended up being interviewed by the BBC and a French newspaper.”

On top of that, she fielded questions from HGTV’s Genevieve Gorder for that cable network’s White House Christmas 2012 special, which aired earlier this month. Encore presentations are scheduled for 9 p.m. and midnight Dec. 22 and 11 a.m. Dec. 24.

When she finally did head home, White took with her 1,200 photos that she’d shot, the invitation she’d received to participate and a signed copy of the Obamas’ Christmas card.

“Getting to be a part of that,” White said, “especially with me having been back in the U.S. for just a few months — it’s going to be a very special Christmas for me.”

(Email: d_irwin@ncnewsonline.com)

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