Only after he had died while he was President did the general public finally learn what most of the White House press corps knew, but had tacitly agreed not to disclose: while leading the nation through the Great Depression and… Read More ›
The Teddy Cats: Slippers & Quartz Roosevelt, (Cats in the White House, Part 5)
When Theodore Roosevelt succeeded to the presidency upon McKinley’s assassination in September of 1901, he brought not only his wife and five children but soon enough accumulated a breadth of other beings which constituted a bona fide White House zoo…. Read More ›
Honoring the First Lady of the World in Cartoons
There are some individuals who, no matter how long they are gone, are worth remembering. Over half a century has passed since she died, but the vision and the work of Eleanor Roosevelt still reverberates. Coming to the White House… Read More ›
Five Presidents Who Went to War & Killed Themselves For It: FDR (Part 4)
Franklin D. Roosevelt, World War II Even before he was permanently paralyzed by polio in 1921, Franklin D. Roosevelt had been inscrutable. He was sly in manipulating those around him with an infectious charm and wily in foreseeing long-range… Read More ›
When Three Presidents Ran Against Each Other But Whiskey Won the Election: The 1912 Campaign Songs of Teddy Roosevelt, Taft & Wilson
Historically, running for President against a President is always an uphill battle. Especially for someone unwary of Washington’s wily ways. First of all, they know what they’re talking about after four years of working on the job and trying to… Read More ›
The Earliest First Lady’s Recorded Voice: Theodore Roosevelt’s wife Edith Speaks
So often in life when we’re close to someone we know well or even closely follow the life of a public person, it is easy to assume we know how they will continue to conduct their life. And, the truth… Read More ›
What Happened to a Little Boy Who Defied the President?
In the course of his often stressful, unpredictable days, President Obama welcomes the chance to meet many young children, who come with questions and blunt remarks known to amuse and delight him, to which he usually responds with some optimistic… Read More ›
FDR’s Four-Times Happy Campaign Song & A Home Movie Showing Him Paralyzed
It didn’t start out as his – but like so much else, Franklin Roosevelt claimed it for himself because he saw its value of association. Alice Roosevelt Longworth, his wife’s first cousin, loved telling the story of a couple in… Read More ›
Eleanor Roosevelt’s Mysteriously Missing Grandfather & was she part-Italian?
Despite her being born forty-five years before Jacqueline Kennedy, there is a similar pattern in the story of Eleanor Roosevelt‘s Irish immigrant heritage. It illustrates less the shame of humble origin than how the power of incredible wealth can lead people… Read More ›
The White House Easter Egg Roll: Traditions, First Families & A Day for Dogs
At next Monday’s annual White House Easter Egg Roll, the American public will again get an annual chance to enter the White House grounds and perhaps catch a live glimpse of the President, First Lady, First Children and…First Dog. The one… Read More ›
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