A recent great pull
from White House
photographer Pete Souza shows Bush and Obama seeming to not just tolerate but actually enjoy each other's company. This is nothing new, however. Not only have Presidents always still been just as human as anyone else,
but they occasionally cross the aisle to have close relationships
that can be not only shocking, but endearing - including Barbara Bush referring to Bill Clinton as their "adopted son." Ridiculous
conspiracy theories abound, but a simpler explanation may serve: that even the most partisan of politicans have more in common with each other than they would like us to believe - a common background
, and often, common professions
posted by corb
on Dec 12, 2013 -
Most of us reading on the blue lived through at least a portion of it. Forty-plus years of tension between the world's two superpowers and their allies. That's right: The Cold War.
Then, they made a documentary
. Aired on CNN in 1998, and never released on DVD,
the 24 episode, 20 hour series features tons of archival footage, along with many interviews with individuals directly involved at some of the highest levels.
You might not be able to see it on DVD, but you can watch the full series on Youtube, starting with Part 1: Comrades (1917-1945).
posted by symbioid
on Mar 27, 2012 -
Although they admit a mutual fondness for a good burger and fries
now and then, the President and First Lady Michelle Obama try to emphasize
healthy eating at the White House. In 2009, the White House had its first vegetable garden since Eleanor Roosevelt’s
World War II victory garden
. This is quite a change to the meal President Eisenhower sat down to a little more than 50 years ago at the USDA's Beltsville Research Station. Eisenhower's own method of cooking a steak
was not on the menu, as the showcase meal featured 22 “new and improved
” foods, including modified milk containing increased nonfat milk solids and decreased butter, dehydrofrozen peas, orange juice reconstituted from a dehydrated powder, beef and pork grown with newly discovered hormones and antibiotics added, and “butter prepared, presumably, by the usual methods.” Our national conversation about food goes on and the White House will likely continue
be at the center of it. Hopefully, we don’t end up with President Garfield's last meal
as a White House canteen staple [recipe
, including tip on getting rid of the “troublesome little bones.”] Bon Appetit!
posted by webhund
on May 11, 2010 -
The 1919 Transcontinental Motor Convoy
— Take a 28 year old
future U.S. President
on a two month long, 3,251 mile, transcontinental road trip
(where relatively few
have gone before). Wait while he shoulders a little responsibility
, add some autobahn^ envy
, and 37 years later he signs into law
over 40,000 miles of the National Defense Highway System
: it recently passed 50 years of growth
.) About his favorite domestic program
, Ike said, "More than any single action by the government since the end of the war, this one would change the face of America. ...Its impact on the American economy - the jobs it would produce in manufacturing and construction, the rural areas it would open up - was beyond calculation.
" More documents, logs, and first-hand reports from the 1919 convoy here
posted by cenoxo
on Jul 12, 2006 -
The Trick Behind the Trick?
A great piece about the subtle and ongoing dismantling of democracy in America by the Bush Administration. What's so sad about this ongoing disaster is that there are no Republicans willing to stand up for liberty, when the last great speech by a President on our present danger was given by Eisenhower.
posted by minnesotaj
on Sep 23, 2002 -