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December 11, 1998 | MICHAEL MALLY / Inquirer Staff Photographer
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.
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January 8, 1986 | By Ellen Warren, Inquirer Washington Bureau
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.
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January 14, 1993 | By Ellen Warren, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
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.
NEWS
October 17, 1986 | By Carlin Romano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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)
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March 22, 1987 | By James Gerstenzang and Karen Tumulty, Los Angeles Times
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.
NEWS
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....
NEWS
February 24, 1986 | BY JACK MCKINNEY
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...
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October 22, 1987 | By David Hess, Inquirer Washington Bureau
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.
NEWS
May 31, 2012 | By Ben Feller, Associated Press
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.
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January 10, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 10, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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....
NEWS
May 31, 2012 | By Ben Feller, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
December 11, 1998 | MICHAEL MALLY / Inquirer Staff Photographer
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.
NEWS
April 29, 1993 | by Ron Goldwyn, Daily News Staff Writer Daily News wire services contributed to this report
The first president to grow up in the age of television knew just what to do when 40 children arrived at the White House for a live televised session. Bill Clinton looked them straight in the eye, ignored the camera, and answered each child's question so personally that it seemed they were the only two people in the world. When a Florida teen said she was a recovering addict and asked what Clinton would do about drugs, he had a policy answer. But first, he said, "You're a brave girl and I'm glad you're here.
NEWS
January 14, 1993 | By Ellen Warren, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
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.
NEWS
December 9, 1988 | By Owen Ullmann and James McCartney, Inquirer Washington Bureau
President Reagan proclaimed last night that "extraordinary things have happened" to improve U.S.-Soviet relations since Mikhail S. Gorbachev took power in 1985 and even raised the hope that someday the two superpowers might become allies again. In what was likely to be the final news conference of his eight-year presidency, Reagan spoke warmly of the Soviet leader and said he believed Gorbachev wanted to remake the Soviet Union into a less threatening nation. "So the path remains open, and the pace of peace continues," Reagan declared, standing on the spot in the East Room where one year ago he and Gorbachev signed a treaty banning intermediate-range missiles.
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October 22, 1987 | By David Hess, Inquirer Washington Bureau
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.
NEWS
March 22, 1987 | By James Gerstenzang and Karen Tumulty, Los Angeles Times
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.
SPORTS
February 3, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
There was a mutual admiration society yesterday at the White House. President Reagan, in greeting Penn State's national championship footall team, was told by coach Joe Paterno, "You're No. 1. " Reagan and vice president George Bush entered the lavish East Room wearing "Nittany Lions" baseball caps, and were greeted by laughter and applause from Paterno and his 40 players. The players leaned forward to hear the president, who said a little hoarsely, "You showed all the pundits and oddsmakers who said that at last you had met your match that they were just plain dead wrong.
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