December 11, 1998 |
Underneath a portrait of President George Washington, the St. Francis de Sales Church Choir, led by soloist Cecelia Chaisson (left), performs in the East Room of the White House. Yesterday, the singers from the church, which is located at Springfield and 47th in Philadelphia, entertained holiday visitors to Washington.
January 8, 1986 |
President Reagan had some trouble living up to his "Great Communicator" label last night at his first news conference in almost four months. Though he tossed off some sharp one-liners and made headlines with his remarks about "flaky" Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy, the President committed a series of flubs during his 35-minute session with reporters. Reagan got off to a shaky start at the podium in the East Room when he talked about the recent terrorist attack on the "Vietnam" airport.
January 14, 1993 |
The East Room was filled with the blossoms of springtime for a final, sentimental White House meeting of George Bush and Ronald Reagan yesterday. But the daffodils and budding forsythia could not conceal that it was winter for the Reagan-Bush era, an end and not a season filled with promise. In one of his last White House ceremonies, Bush awarded Reagan the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as those who served in their administrations looked on, remembering the last 12 Republican years.
October 17, 1986 |
As Washington personalities go, the White House tends to get treated like a figurehead. The building itself, that is. News stories may say, "The White House announced this," and "The White House claimed that," but it's just shorthand for the administration in office. Few have ever paid attention to the actual building. Until yesterday. "No house has had so much demanded of it by so many," William Seale, author of The President's House, a new two-volume history of the building (the first since 1907)
March 22, 1987 |
By the time he strode up the red carpet to the East Room of the White House for his first news conference in four months, President Reagan was convinced that he had pulled himself up from the depths of a trying winter and was described by associates as confident, ready to be questioned - bullish on his final 22 months in office. And, while the fundamental damage inflicted by the Iran-contra scandal may never be completely repaired, Reagan's nationally televised session with reporters Thursday night appeared to be another step toward shoring up his beleaguered presidency, many Republicans and Democrats said afterward.
January 16, 2013
'I'm a pretty friendly guy," President Obama said near the end of his White House news conference this week. The claim might have been a touch more plausible if he hadn't spent the bulk of the previous hour demonstrating just how adversarial he could be. Indeed, there was no precipitating event that led him to schedule the last-minute session in the East Room - lending credibility to the theory that he summoned reporters so he could bait Republicans....
February 24, 1986 |
Oh, to be a fly on the Oval Office wall! Even while history is being made in the Philippines, the priority concern of the Reagan administration must be how to claim credit for it. The White House brain trust will work overtime on this project, knowing there's a rung at the top of the totem pole for the strategist who comes up with the most plausible reason why the fall of President Ferdinand Marcos should be seen as a triumph for Ronald Reagan's...
October 22, 1987 |
When President Reagan meets the press in the chandeliered East Room of the White House tonight, he will bring to it a record as the president who has least frequently conducted formal news conferences. This year alone, Reagan has held only two full-blown news conferences with White House regulars and one with regional editors and broadcasters. The last time he faced the national press was June 11, after the economic summit meeting in Italy. Before that, he took questions at a prime-time news conference on March 20, after the release of the Tower commission report about the White House role in the Iran-contra affair.
May 31, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - This is a little awkward. President Obama can't seem to stop bad-mouthing the record of former President George W. Bush. But on Thursday, Obama is going to welcome his predecessor and proudly preside as Bush's image and legacy are enshrined at the White House forever. Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will join Bush and his wife, Laura, as their official portraits are unveiled. The incumbent is keeping up a presidential tradition typically defined by cheer and graciousness, but not without some uneasiness.
January 10, 2015 |
Coleen Christian Burke's fingerprints were all over the festive ornaments accenting America's most famous residence this past holiday season. From the East Room to the State Dining Room, Burke, of Washington Crossing, Bucks County, was part of a massive effort to spruce up the White House for the holidays. The project, she said, was both glamorous and exhausting. "It's a lot of blood, sweat, and glitter," she said last month. For at least 50 years, the rooms and offices at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue have been festooned with Christmas trees and other holiday symbols, generally at the first lady's direction.