White House Wednesdays


New Presidential China Pattern

The state china of the Obama Administration has been unveiled! The eleven-piece place setting incorporates historic inspiration with a modern presentation, as, unlike most china, it’s not a matching set. The blue hue used on several of the pieces was named “Kailua Blue”, an acknowledgement to the President’s home state of Hawaii. The set begins… Read More

Presidential Shamrocks

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy received a gift of shamrocks from Irish ambassador Thomas J. Kiernan in the Oval Office.   Each year the president gets a crystal bowl of shamrock sprouts from Ireland as a symbol of the bond between our two countries. Since 1953 the gift has been delivered by the Irish… Read More

Bill Murray and Movies at the White House

Many people don’t know just inside the East Wing is a movie theater in the White House.  A room that at times also acts as a coat closet during large events is a refuge for the first family at times – and also another venue the President and First Lady to entertain guests.  Guests including members of… Read More

A Modern White House Continued - Mrs. Obama leaves her mark

I continue to receive emails regarding the Old Family Dining Room at the White House and its new look, so here is some more information on this historic room and its recent renovation. In 1825, John Quincy Adams wanted the First Family to have a place to take their meals. Located just off the State Dining Room, the… Read More

Time to get ready for Valentine's Day!

It’s time to start getting ready for Valentine’s Day!  This 2007 Valentine’s portrait of Barney watching as Miss Beazley gives a kiss to India (aka Kitty) the cat in the Red Room is still, by far, one of my favorite White House photos of all times.  It was also one of the White House photographers’… Read More