The American Presidency
A Glorious Burden: "As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it." President Martin Van Buren
During a photo op with Congressman Curt Weldon and his family in the oval office, President Ronald Reagan is 'photobombed' by Weldon's youngest son on September 14, 1987. Weldon was a ten-year member of the United States House of Representatives representing Pennsylvania.
Photo shows boy scouts standing outside the White House after receiving badges from President Woodrow Wilson on February 11, 1915. Left to right: Howard Gatley, recognized with an honor medal for saving a life; and new Eagle Scouts Edward Pardoe, Samuel Hardy, Edward Sheiry, Clinton Allard, and Frank Watson.
On March 6, 1933, Eleanor Roosevelt held the first of her 348 women’s only press conferences. Before this time, First Ladies had little contact with reporters. Eleanor recognized that holding regular conferences could enhance the public role of the First Lady - a role she transformed during her 12 years in the White House.
Future First Lady Lou Henry posing on a burro at Acton, California, 8/22/1891 (Hoover Presidential Library) Lou Henry Hoover was a scientist, polyglot, author, Girl Scout supporter, and world traveler. She mixed smarts, practicality, and adventure. Apparently Herbert Hoover was charmed “by her whimsical mind, her blue eyes and a broad grinnish smile.”
Almost every member of Teddy Roosevelt's family owned a pair of wooden stilts including, some sources state, the President and First Lady. He once caught his son Quentin trampling the flower bed with his stilts and ordered his son out of the gardens. At his rebuking Quentin sullenly responded, “I don’t see what good it does me for you to be President.”