A new Slate article on the presidential names is about the laziest piece of writing I’ve ever seen on presidential history. The author claims that “Barack Hussein Obama” is such an unusual name that it is entirely out of keeping with American history–largely true–and that past presidents and even presidential candidates have all had very ordinary names, which is patently ridiculous.
Full article at Tysto.com.
Visitor Jim writes:
Recently my wife was privileged to a White House tour. She was particularly interested in a “federal” (?) style clock on the wall in the West Wing Lobby, first floor (see attached pic. from your site). Can you tell us anything about the clock’s mfg., age, history, etc??
Anybody got any help for Jim?
No, it’s not political. It’s hydrological. As usual, the Hou Chron blog is there… and ankle deep in water.
CNN has pics of the lovely outdoor wedding and tent reception. WH.gov has some too. Seems like the White House would have been a nice setting too…. I’m just saying….
No word on whether the president calls his new son-in-law “Hanky Panky” or “Hager the Horrible,” but you know it has to be one of those.
I’ve changed the front page to one of Andrew Johnson’s East Room.
Also, I’ve added two new pics of the north side from 19th century postcards in my collection.