Tag Archive for ‘George Washington’

Red, White & Betsy Ross: No, She Didn’t! (Did She?) Plus Bizarre Betsyabilia

There’s good reason why Pennsylvania not only recognizes Independence Day as a national holiday, but also Flag Day as a state holiday. It ‘s all because of that Elizabeth Claypoole. Mrs. Ross, to you. Like Plymouth Rock and George Washington cutting down… Read More ›

First Ladies & the State of the Union Address: Private Speech Editors and Public Policy Symbols

Tomorrow’s State of the Union Address, delivered by President Barack Obama on Capitol Hill,  may seem like it has always been a part of American life, but in fact it is one custom of the American Presidencybegun by George Washington… Read More ›

The White House New Year’s Day Reception: Good Riddance to a Miserable Tradition

Resolutions, college football bowl games, parades, gym renewals, and January first’s first-born child: New Year’s Day customs give people hope, happiness or distraction. Swollen feet, pneumonia and confrontation do not. Which explains the silent death of the legendary White House… Read More ›

The first “First Lady” Never Married the President: Recently Discovered 1860 Magazine first to Use the Title “First Lady”

Germaine Greer suggested the United States abolish it and Jackie Kennedy said it made her sound like a saddle horse, but as a recently discovered 19th century magazine article proves, the title of “First Lady” has been part of the… Read More ›

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