Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a revelation while visiting the White House on Tuesday.
Although Junior had previously visited the president's home at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., his recent interest in genealogy and the Earnhardt family tree offered the driver a new appreciation for the history of the 212-year-old structure and its contents.
"Every time you go through it, I think you find something interesting that you missed the time before," Earnhardt said. "I didn't really appreciate how old some of the artwork and stuff is in that house until I did some work on my family tree this last six months and I've started to understand what 200 years really means or what 150 years truly means in the grand scope of things.
"There's a picture in there of George Washington that they had carried out of the place when they set it on fire back in the Revolution and I had known that and they told us about that before, but I didn't really grasp what that meant and how old that truly is. To be standing the...