Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum in a locked-down White House (Photo: Columbia Pictures)
This weekend brings us the release of "White House Down," a flag-waving extravaganza that aims to make a bona fide action star out of "Magic Mike" hunk Channing Tatum and adds "Django Unchained" gunslinger Jamie Foxx to the ever-growing list of on-screen U.S. presidents.
The film could best be described as "Die Hard at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" (which could've also been the best description of this spring's "Olympus Has Fallen," but whatever). Capitol policeman John Cale (Tatum), who was just denied his dream position as a Secret Service agent, ends up protecting the President in a more unofficial way when the White House is overrun by a group of paramilitary invaders.
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This raises and interesting question: What happens when the real White House goes on lockdown, and what's it like on the inside? We talked to a couple people who have been there and seen the world's most famous house in panic mode up close.
Dave Anderson, a White House communications staffer during the Clinton Administration from 1992-'95, recalls a lockdownRead More »from What Really Happens During a 'White House Down' Moment?