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When in Washington: Luhnows tour White House

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WASHINGTON -- What would a trip to the nation's capital be without some sightseeing? Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and his son and daughter on Tuesday took a tour of the White House, which was arranged with the help of the father of scouting director Mike Elias.

Richard Elias retired last year after serving as assistant director in charge of intelligence of the Secret Service, which, of course, is charged with protecting the President. He used to oversee agent training as well. Elias arranged for a Secret Service agent to provide a tour to the Luhnows.

"We kind of got to see how the White House works from his perspective, and it was very eye-opening," Luhnow said. "And then we had a chance to meet one of the senior people with the Secret Service back at their headquarters and had a chance to walk around that building a little bit. It's amazing how much work goes into the protection of the President and the first family. It was a great learning experience for the kids and me."

When the Astros visited Washington two years ago in their final season in the NL, Richard Elias gave Luhnow a tour of the training facility in Maryland, which Luhnow said was spectacular.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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