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June 19, 1986 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer (The Associated Press and United Press International contributed to this report.)
President Reagan and Vice President Bush found themselves trapped in the Oval Office yesterday when they couldn't open a stuck door. The First Duo had just finished a meeting and were on their way to a waiting audience in the Rose Garden, where a ceremony was to be held honoring institutional charitable activities. Reagan was seen several times trying to turn the knob to a set of French doors leading from the office to the garden. A Secret Service agent rushed to the scene with a key, but that didn't work either.
SPORTS
June 10, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
President Clinton, who hurt his knee at Greg Norman's house, gave the golfer an update on his recovery during an Oval Office visit yesterday. "I'm sure they talked golf and knee," spokesman Mike McCurry said. Clinton ruptured a tendon in his right knee during a late-night spill at Norman's Florida estate in March. In the area for two golf tournaments, including this week's U.S. Open, Norman arranged a family tour through the White House visitors office. When the president got wind of it, he invited the group to the Oval Office.
NEWS
May 11, 1993 | BY DONALD DAUK
The president has been going great lately; we can all agree on that. His domination of Congress is nearly total, his foreign policy statements are translated into action almost as soon as he utters them and the national press treats him with an admiration that borders on groveling. He's way up in the polls. I'm speaking, of course, of President Dole. Yes, I know, you thought William Jefferson Clinton was the president. So did I. It must have been the middle name that fooled us. But by any objective standards, Bob Dole, Kansas's answer to Richard III, is the president.
NEWS
December 10, 1986 | BY DAVE BARRY
I figured out why I'm not getting seriously rich. I write newspaper columns. Nobody ever makes newspaper columns into Major Motion Pictures starring Tom Cruise. The best you can hope for, with a column, is that people will like it enough to attach it to their refrigerators with magnets shaped like fruit. So I have written a suspense novel. It has everything. Sex. Violence. Sex. Death. Russians. Dead Russians. Here's what the critics are saying: "A very short novel" - The Waco, Texas, Chronic Vegetable "This is it?
NEWS
September 21, 1998 | by Yvonne Latty, Daily News Staff Writer
If there's a place that has come to symbolize the power of the presidency, it's the Oval Office. Jimmy Carter negotiated peace there, Lyndon Johnson plotted war and Franklin Roosevelt planned the New Deal. It's also where Bill Clinton fed his sexual desires, according to the Starr report. After a brief meeting in the Oval Office, Clinton and his young mistress would slip into his nearby private study, hallway or bathroom for a quickie. All of this in and around a room that holds a special place in American history.
NEWS
September 1, 2010 | By Michael A. Memoli, TRIBUNE WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON - While President Obama was on vacation, his West Wing office got a bit of a facelift, complete with a new rug, fresh wallpaper and paint, and new furniture - all done at no taxpayer expense, the White House said. The Oval Office renovation came 19 months after Obama first set foot inside as president, and represents his putting "his stamp" on the room, the White House said. The White House took pains to ensure that new additions were American-made. The striped wallpaper was produced in Amagansett, N.Y. The rug's maker is based in Grand Rapids, Mich.
NEWS
June 11, 1993 | By Ralph Vigoda, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
She was shy, really shy, a 6-year-old girl in a checked suit, with black shoes and frilly socks that folded over, standing in front of the desk in the Oval Office, holding hands with President Clinton while television lights shone and cameras clicked and whirred. It was, for the President, another in a series of afternoon photo opportunities, undoubtedly a small respite for a guy who's lately been attacked as being more of an expert on waffles than the kitchen staff at International House of Pancakes.
NEWS
January 22, 1993 | by Hank Bradford, From the New York Times
Dear President Bush: On the eve of your leave-taking, you should finally be told the truth about why you lost the election. You were too skinny. Presidents can't be thin. Presidents are supposed to be round and kind and fatherly. We don't trust a skinny leader. When you were hiding behind Ronnie Reagan, we couldn't tell. But when you ran alone, we found you out: Your body is wrong. It's full of Ivy League rich- guy skinniness. Even your favorite town, "Kennebunkport," sounds like a bony guy falling down a flight of stairs.
FOOD
August 2, 2000 | By Maria Gallagher, FOR THE INQUIRER
Walter Scheib 3d labors in virtual anonymity. For the last six years, the executive chef at the White House has held one of the most demanding jobs in Washington, yet few Americans know his name. He is the personal chef to the first family and plans its private meals, but he is equally adept at managing a star-studded banquet for the king of Morocco and more than 400 guests. Whenever one of his plates is set down before a world leader, he is an ambassador of American taste.
FOOD
January 18, 1989 | By Mike Kalina, Special to The Inquirer
It's the one aspect of the presidency that has virtually escaped the scrutiny of reporters, though it's one of the few things all U.S. presidents have had in common and though part of our nation's history has been shaped while they were doing it. It's eating. A surprising number of our presidents were men for all seasonings. The one who is leaving office on Friday, for example, got a lot of attention because of his fondness for jellybeans, and the one who is taking over the Oval Office has made known that he likes to snack on pork rinds.
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February 26, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Growing up in East Camden, Virginia Matias wasn't allowed to ride her new bike around the block, or walk to the corner store. Her mother was robbed at gunpoint when Matias was in kindergarten, and when Matias was 17, her uncle was shot dead as he manned the cash register in his bodega. Matias, now a 28-year-old Camden County police officer, doesn't think about any of that when she walks the streets of North Camden. She thinks about the children she sees coming out to play and the business owners who know her name and face, or how she can gain the trust of the city's most cynical residents.
NEWS
December 2, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Ryan Costello had no idea how fast his life would change. A Chester County commissioner whose first baby was born last December, Costello didn't know that less than 12 months later, he would have launched and won a campaign for Congress, and that he'd be walking the same halls as national leaders and attending a meeting in the Oval Office. "My little boy can take eight steps," Costello, 38, said last week. "When the campaign first started, he couldn't even roll over.
NEWS
October 26, 2012
By Jonathan Schell After the second presidential debate, President Obama's supporters chorused, "He's back!" The languid, disengaged, and lackluster Obama of the first debate had disappeared, they said, and the impressive, beloved figure of the victorious 2008 campaign had reappeared. As commentator Andrew Sullivan put it, "I saw the president I thought I knew. " To my eye, however, the old Obama was not back. Rather, a new Obama had appeared. The old Obama was youthful, charming, graceful, and full of hope.
NEWS
October 19, 2012 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mitt Romney bulled his way through the first debate, verbally trampling his opponent and the moderator, while Barack Obama offered the nation the sulky, downcast persona of President Sourpuss. In the second match Obama got up off the mat and counterpunched, while Romney played the tight-lipped Gov. Snippy. With a third and final debate set for Monday, some political thinkers ask: Where the heck is President Jordan Lyman when we need him? Perhaps retired to the beaches of a cinematic San Clemente.
NEWS
February 15, 2012 | By Ben Feller, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The man destined to be China's next leader won an extraordinary welcome across Washington on Tuesday, a finely scripted opening to one of the world's most important relationships. Trading kind words of cooperation, President Obama and Xi Jinping also spoke directly about human rights and worsening foreign crises. Everything about the day reflected just how much China and the United States need each other, no matter what their differences, given their economic and military might and global influence.
NEWS
September 1, 2010 | By Michael A. Memoli, TRIBUNE WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON - While President Obama was on vacation, his West Wing office got a bit of a facelift, complete with a new rug, fresh wallpaper and paint, and new furniture - all done at no taxpayer expense, the White House said. The Oval Office renovation came 19 months after Obama first set foot inside as president, and represents his putting "his stamp" on the room, the White House said. The White House took pains to ensure that new additions were American-made. The striped wallpaper was produced in Amagansett, N.Y. The rug's maker is based in Grand Rapids, Mich.
NEWS
August 24, 2010 | By Andrew J. Bacevich
Fifty years ago this summer, with Americans riveted by a presidential contest pitting John F. Kennedy against Richard M. Nixon, Dwight D. Eisenhower contemplated his departure from the White House. As he prepared to retire from public life, Ike sketched out the ideas that would inform his celebrated farewell address, presciently warning against the dangers of a military-industrial complex. Simultaneously, he was plotting ways to overthrow the Cuban government. Eisenhower did not remain in office long enough to implement the plan his minions hatched.
NEWS
July 8, 2010 | By MICHELLE SKOWRONEK, skowrom@phillynews.com 215-854-5926
Rangers at Valley Forge National Park like to think George Washington's headquarters - a small, stone cabin - was the first Pentagon. And now, archaeologists have found what could have been the first Oval Office. A team of four archaeologists - Joe Blondino, Carin Boone, Jesse West and Katie Cavallo - have spent the past five weeks excavating the yard behind Washington's headquarters in Valley Forge. Last year, the group of Temple University graduate students worked to uncover a well near Washington's house.
NEWS
December 24, 2008
Newspaper editorial pages are embarking on a campaign of bashing President Bush. On Saturday, you had to go all the way to the Mideast to find an insulting cartoon. Why so much hate? Sure Bush has made mistakes. We all do. He is a man who tried to do his best for this country, and failed in many ways. He is not a man whose only interests are money and power. He had no girlfriends in the Oval Office. Why don't you let up? He has only one more month in office. Even with the president-elect's shady background, Barack Obama is being handled with kid gloves.
NEWS
August 8, 2008
SEN. McCain is tired. He's over 70. John, you served your time, you're a hero - now just go get your dentures and chill! Life is too short! When we say it is time for change we don't mean diapers in the Oval Office! Laurence Barberra Philadelphia
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