Misameach Takes Patient To White House To See President Obama

EXCLUSIVE: [VIDEO & PHOTOS] It was a unique experience for a Lakewood patient, who got to visit Washington DC, and see the President of the United States. The unique trip was arranged by Misameach, who through various liaisons arranged for the patient to view special rooms in the White House and see the President before visiting other landmarks in Washington DC.

The group of three arrived to the White House Monday morning where they were brought inside secure areas of the campus, before being escorted inside for a brief tour of special rooms, as well as a tour of the Rose Garden.

After the tour, the group was taken outside to the South Lawn of the White House, where the President – along with the First Lady – were to depart the White House with Marine 1 Helicopter.

As the President walked out of the White House, he waived to the group, before making his way to the waiting Helicopter with the First Lady. (The President does not shake hands with visitors when with the First Lady, a White House official said).

(Watch a video of the President walking from the White House to the Helicopter, as well as Marine 1 landing and taking off. Photos and Video from inside the White House cannot be shown due to White House regulations). (Parts of the video are shaky due to the videographer’s proximity to the Helicopter).

After leaving the White House, the group made their way to the offices of several Senators, with whom they arranged for the patient to meet.

Following the meetings, the group then took a ride over to the Capitol, as well as to the Supreme Court building.

Misameach is a group of volunteers which uplift the spirits of patients through music and various other forms of entertainment. TLS.

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  1. The work of Misameach is really amazing. They go to peoples houses as well as to their hospital rooms. Their volunteers are unbelievably dedicated to the cause. I know – I am one. And, of course – Lipa Rocks !!

  2. This is amazing. Misameach is amazing. Strangely, I’m not surprised. Lipa S, who heads Misameach doesn’t take “NO” for an answer. Not from his vols, not from US Senators & not from the Secret Service. If a sick child needs s/thing, he makes it happen. Rock on, Lipa – ur the best !! DB

  3. Lipa!

    I’m not so nispoel how you did it, but I’m very nispoel that you had the confidence and optimism to undertake to make this happen.

    Anyone who knows Mesameach knows that it’s only because of you that so many people are …… mesameach!

  4. (The President does not shake hands with visitors when with the First Lady, a White House official said).

    does anyone know what this means? is it just him or all presidents?

  5. As a parent of a child who has – on several occasions – experienced the power and effects of the simcha they bring to a sick child’s day.. My prayer to the all-mighty is that the entire Mesameach team should always be zoiche to an extra portion of happiness in their lives!!

  6. Lipa der Eibishter should repay you with a Ksiva V’chsima Tova & a year of simchas & happinies for you & all of klal yisroel!!

    Keep up all the good work you do that no one knows about.

    Lakewood cholim & families need u!!!!!

  7. We all have to give thanx to shmuel spitz!!! the man behind the scenes who helps run misameach who does it leshem shamayim belev shalem.keep up the good work shmuel were proud!!!!

  8. it is noteworthy when any yid helps another yid. If Hashem Yisborach takes special note of it then we should also. Making a sick person happy is a wonderful mitzvah

  9. yes shmuel spitz and many of the other hard working misameach volunteers together with lipa schwartz deserve our community’s heartfelt thanks for all that they do for families in need

  10. #13
    Almighty with a capital “A”!!!!!!!!! It’s so annoying to see H-shem’s name or reference to Him with small caps. Even a blog should have respect for the Holly Name!

  11. (The President does not shake hands with visitors when with the First Lady, a White House official said).

    Google that line and the top result is an article showing that he does.

  12. Very Impressive.
    I remember when “Misameach” was a few Bochrim. (maybe 10)
    I was learning then in Lakewood, and we would go on calls to visit sock patience.
    Wow, look where they are these days, a group of over 100 volunteers.
    A full DVD Collection for the people in need.
    Transportation to hospitals.
    Baby sitters.
    a girls division. it go`s on and on…
    Lipa, keep it coming….

  13. To # 21 Kvetch (or maybe #1 kvetch)

    Thanks for pointing a mistaken slight of hand – but i (small caps) can assure you that H-SHEM doesn’t appreciate your getting A(a)nnoyed!!!!!!!!!

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