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Ye Olde Makers Invade White House Lawn for Faire

"Do we all have to get dressed up or what?"

The Obama administration dubbed Wednesday as “National Day of Making” in honor of the first Maker Faire held on the White House lawn. Attendance was limited but about 30 projects were shown, including a solar-powered park bench (which charges phones) and a 17-foot robotic giraffe.

“The only thing I asked my staff about is why is there an ‘e’ at the end of ‘faire’? Do we all have to get dressed up or what?” President Obama said during the event. “So I’m just warning you, next year, the ‘e’ may be gone.”

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