Thursday, January 19, 2017

Why the White House Matters

When I was about 10 years old, I remember touring the White House with the Girl Scouts. I can not remember one thing about the interior or even who gave the tour. The fascination to me was looking out the window and Vice President Hubert Humphrey was getting off a helicopter. I was mesmerized. To visit the interior of the White House now, you have to get special tickets from your Congressman at least 21 days in advance.

The White House Visitor's Center located at 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue is free and open to the public and a must see. People have said you see more of the interior of the White House here than you do if you take an actual tour. Here is the short list....

This mahogany chair attributed to American cabinetmaker Adam Hains, may have been in the house in Philadelphia used by President George Washington (1789-97) as his official residence.
(Pennsylvania, c. 1793-97)
White House Collection

THE ELM carved tree section comes from an elm tree that was on the South Lawn of the White House planted by President John Quincey Adams (1825-29) The sick tree was removed in 1991 and First Lady Barbara Bush had planted an elm propagated from the Adams tree.

PUNCHBOWL was part of the Lincoln China Collection. First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln choose this pattern decorated in New York in her favorite color, purple.

Hiawatha's Boat I am not exactly sure what this item is suppose to be but apparently, First Lady Julia Grant loved it and acquired it from the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.  It is a little big for a gravy boat and it is said to depict Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Hiawatha's Boat.  If you can click on the picture and bring up the detail, it's quite a piece of work. The sign said when it was used as a centerpiece it was often filled with flowers.

Place setting used during a State Dinner visit with Queen Elizabeth II during America's Bicentennial Celebration in 1976. It's nice we could finally put that whole revolutionary thing behind us and share a meal.



Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Desk

Letters to the President

This last letter is the one that made me stop and pause. It may look all gala and glamorous but no one envies the person who sends or receives a letter like this. That is why the White House Matters. President in good and bad times, that is the role. Popular or unpopular, you represent all the people, all the time. We all should pray for the person in this position that they can make sound decisions. God Bless America.

I wasn't a fan of the ever increasing health care costs but I respected President Barack Obama for keeping us out of harms way.

Thank you, Mr. President

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