The president hosted a ceremony to light a menorah the other day, this year in the Entrance Hall. They clearly do these lighting ceremonies in locations with tile floors to minimize the risk of
the president a clumsy person burning down the mansion, but you would think the East Room would be a better place. Just put down a fire-resistant rug or something. In preparation for hosting the menorah lighting, they had the Kitchen kosherized again.
Visitor Christina pointed out that the Ford Library has posted some additional photos of the Fords, including a great one of the first lady in her dressing room with an ERA banner.
ABC chose the statue of Lincoln outside the Lincoln Museum in Springfield, IL to illustrate the nasty weather in the Midwest. I wonder sometimes if George Washington had weather in mind when he chose the site for DC: a nice mix of four seasons without too much snow in the winter. The heat might have been more than he counted on tho, altho it can’t be much different at Mount Vernon.
UPDATE: my own photo of an icy branch.
The president and first lady lit the tree on the Ellipse the other day, and—despite the cold—the president welcomed Santa Claus without mispronouncing his name.
Also, no Hanukkha photo op this year. We got a picture in the Visitors Foyer before, but maybe that will come later with a menorah lighting.
Hi all! Peter here.
To further assist with the building of the 3D models I have a question for you. In the floor plan for the ground floor of the residence, the Vermeil Room and Map Room show some built-in shelves with doors. However my general sense is that some of the shelves are now gone.
Specifically, the south wall of the Map Room. Are those shelves still present? And the Vermeil Room, newer photos don’t show shelves along the west wall. While we have compiled many great photos here, perhaps someone knows about the detail not shown.
Thank you. 🙂
Changed the front page to one of row upon row of castings of the official 2005 ornaments from Design Formations.
Ye olde Front page gallery.
CBS has a video interview with Laura Bush about the holiday decor. Hannah Storm: “Now I’m off to a Harper’s Bazaar photo shoot — with cardboard cutouts of the candidates!” How will she tell?
CNN has the best WH holiday pictures I’ve seen so far.