As the NYT reported in 1948: The ceiling of the East Room, elaborately done in the frescoes of fruits and reclining women and weighing seventy pounds to the square foot, was found to be sagging six inches on Oct. 26, and now is being held in place by scaffolding and supports.... But it took the $50,000 survey authorized by Congress to disclose the fact that the marble grand staircase is in imminent danger. Supporting bricks, bought second hand in 1880, are disintegrating.
So in 1950 a renovation began: this is what the White House looks like completely gutted
. [more inside]
posted by IvoShandor
on Feb 28, 2013 -
US citizens petitioned
the White House to "secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016" (previously
The White House (or, more specifically, Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget) responded
posted by capricorn
on Jan 11, 2013 -
We know the Obamas planted a vegetable garden
in 2009, bringing back the tradition of a White House Vegetable Garden
(7:44 YT video
), and Barack has home-brewed beer
. The White House then released the recipes for their honey ale and honey porter
, but what of the other White House recipes? Here are some modern Thanksgiving recipes
, but what about the rest of the year? Our White House
provides a glimpse into past White House kitchens, menus, and recipes
, but that's still too thin. More than 50 White House recipes
? Still not enough! OK, how about the complete White House Cookbook from 1887
(on Archive.org, also on Project Gutenberg
and Google books
). Vintage Recipes
has kindly provided a tidied up table of contents
and recipes for quicker browsing, but be warned, the techniques are dated
, and some of the household tips are a bit questionable
. More on presidential gastronomy, previously
posted by filthy light thief
on Sep 27, 2012 -
Your 2010 Federal Taxpayer Receipt.
"In his State of the Union Address, President Obama promised that this year, for the first time ever, American taxpayers would be able to go online and see exactly how their federal tax dollars are spent. Just enter a few pieces of information about your taxes, and the taxpayer receipt will give you a breakdown of how your tax dollars are spent on priorities like education, veterans benefits, or health care." [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman
on Apr 15, 2011 -
Last year, the unofficial Dean of the White House Press Corps, Helen Thomas,
spoke about the State of Israel on camera. (Previously)
: "Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine,"
and that the Jews "can go home"
to "Poland, Germany and America and everywhere else,"
sparked media outrage,
prompted her to issue an apology and retire
. After months of being out of the the public spotlight, she has now given her first long-form interview, which will appear in the April issue of Playboy Magazine
. In it, she explains what she meant, tells us how she would like to be remembered and expands upon her positions regarding Israel, Jewish political influence, Presidents Bush and Obama, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
posted by zarq
on Mar 22, 2011 -
"This is crack cocaine," Bush solemnly announced, holding up a plastic bag filled with a white chunky substance in his Sept. 5 speech on drug policy. It was "seized a few days ago in a park across the street from the White House . . . . It could easily have been heroin or PCP."
In 1989 the White House came up with the idea of having George H.W. Bush hold up a bag of crack on national television in order to illustrate how bad the US drug problem had gotten. They decided to have a drug buy set up in Lafayette Park, directly across the street from the White House, to obtain the props for his speech. They contacted a DEA agent who set up a drug buy with a Spingarn High School senior with no prior arrest record, but things didn't go as planned: [more inside]
posted by Challahtronix
on Aug 20, 2010 -
The Sunshine Foundation
, a non-profit group dedicated to government transparency & accountability, has obtained Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's emails
from her time in the Clinton White House & made them available in a handy web application. Browse, read, search & mark those you find interesting for others to read.
posted by scalefree
on Jun 23, 2010 -
The White House receives over 60,000 letters to the President every day. A new video from the White House
briefly shows the process of selecting the ten of them that the President reads, three or four of which he writes responses to, every day.
posted by XQUZYPHYR
on Aug 3, 2009 -
C. Brian Smith gets invited to dinner
at a college friend's house. The father drinks "non beer" and scolds the dog for farting. Smith remembers that he has a joint in the cigarette box in his pocket. One of the sisters "severs the tension by asking her father how many words he screwed up" during a recent speech he gave. Just another family dinner at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
posted by tractorfeed
on Jan 13, 2009 -