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July 28, 1986
Apparently even the law is no obstacle when the Reagan administration wants to help the Teamsters Union - the only major labor union to support Ronald Reagan's candidacy in 1980 and again in 1984. Federal law requires the government to remain neutral in contests between unions for the right to represent workers. That, however, didn't stop the White House last fall from helping the Teamsters win a close election to represent civilian employees at Fort Sill, Okla. Mitchell Daniels, political director for the White House, personally arranged for the Army to help the Teamsters.
NEWS
August 7, 1988 | Inquirer Washington Bureau
Tourist alert: If you're planning to say "cheese" in front of the White House this summer, forget it. Not only is the presidential mansion draped in plastic cloth, suggesting a creation by wrap-artist Christo, but also an 8-foot-high gray plywood fence obscures much of what is left of the view from Pennsylvania Avenue. Contractors are stripping the White House of 30-odd coats of paint it has accumulated since 1797. The porous Aquia Creek sandstone has been painted periodically since it was initially whitewashed, each coat on top of the other.
NEWS
January 28, 2000 | PHOTO CAPTION ASSOCIATED PRESS
Hot! Hot! Hot! there's more to running for president then just debating policy - you even have to do some very silly things. In the first installment of our weekly series, we find Al "What's it going to take to make me an Alpha Male?" Gore contributing to an Iowa potluck supper.
LIVING
July 13, 1986 | By Gary Haynes, Inquirer Graphic Arts Director
One of the most romanticized jobs in news photography is the assignment to cover the White House. As is sometimes the case, however, the romance differs from the reality. For reasons of security and politics, few unguarded moments of a President or his family are ever recorded on film. Almost all the pictures result from situations that are stage-managed and stopwatch-timed. Photographers have never had unlimited access to the President, but in recent years the proliferation of White House photographers, representing newspapers, magazines, television networks and independent stations as well as the photographers on the White House staff, has made shooting more difficult, even when the White House cooperates with a few minutes of the President's time.
NEWS
December 26, 1996 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
President Clinton and his family celebrated Christmas in the White House yesterday, with the President giving his wife a book that takes a nostalgic look at baseball, a spokesman said yesterday. Hillary Rodham Clinton, a longtime Chicago Cubs fan, received the gift of Mudville Diaries, a book of baseball memories collected by Mike Schacht, said the spokesman, Josh Silverman. Details of other gifts were not immediately available so as not to intrude on the Clintons' privacy, Silverman said.
NEWS
December 14, 2012 | By Jerry Markon and Peter Wallsten, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - The White House and the nation's most prominent charities are embroiled in a tense, behind-the-scenes debate over President Obama's push to scale back the nearly century-old tax deduction on donations that the charities say is crucial for their financial health. In a series of recent meetings and calls, top White House aides have pressed nonprofit groups to line up behind the president's plan for reducing the federal deficit and averting the year-end fiscal cliff, according to people familiar with the talks.
NEWS
December 24, 2009 | MICHAEL SMERCONISH
Three things to keep in mind should I ever be invited back to a White House holiday party: Uttering "Salahi" in line is like saying "bomb" on an airplane; know how to address the first lady before you're in the room with her; and don't blink - you won't get a second picture for a Christmas photo with the commander in chief. Last week, my wife and I arrived at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. about 15 minutes before a party's scheduled 7 p.m. start time. That commencement hour was the first difference we noted when comparing the current occupants to their predecessors - the Bushes' started, and ended earlier.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 24, 2000 | By Henri Sault, FOR THE INQUIRER
The mint will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the completion of the White House with a medal to be issued this winter. It will depict the building within a wreath topped by a banner with the dates 1800-2000. The reverse will carry portraits of John and Abigail Adams, the first presidential couple to live in the building. Their cameo portraits, with more garlands under them, will give the medal an old-fashioned charm. With the date 1800 prominently placed on the reverse, it will make it essential for the medal to appear before the end of December.
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NEWS
July 11, 2016 | By Mister Mann Frisby
HARRY WILSON JR. had just reached for the phone to check the score of a Penn State football game when he heard the gunfire. Nicetown born and West Oak Lane raised, he was a little more than four years on the job as an emergency team member of the Secret Service. And a mostly uneventful day inside the security booth on the North Lawn of the White House had quickly turned into one of the most nerve-wracking experiences of his life. "As soon as I picked up the phone to check the score, the shots rang out and I said, 'This is not a firecracker,' " he recalled.
NEWS
July 7, 2016 | By Solomon Jones
THE POLITICALLY charged FBI investigation of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's email practices has ended with a recommendation that no criminal charges be filed against her. In my view, it's the right recommendation, since the FBI found no proof of criminality in Clinton's use of a private email server for official business while she was secretary of state. However, as FBI director James Comey rightly said regarding eight Clinton email chains on top-secret matters, "any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton's position . . . should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.
SPORTS
June 27, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
Even before the Cavaliers' chartered jet departed San Francisco Monday, the morning after that franchise's first NBA title, a massive parade was planned for downtown Cleveland, mock-ups of their championship rings were all over the internet, and their mandatory White House visit was being hastily arranged. Those three rewards - the procession, the precious stone, and the president's personal praise - have become the official booty of champions, the trifecta of triumph, the sine qua non of sports.
NEWS
June 12, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
Nine-year-old Ava Terosky has been cooking with her dad for as long as she can remember, making food in the shape of animals to try to get her little sister, a picky eater, to dig in. Whole wheat pancakes shaped like elephants. Sandwiches that look like dinosaurs. Apples carved to resemble playful turtles. So when she decided to enter Michelle Obama's Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide recipe contest sponsored by the White House, Ava wasn't exactly sure what she'd make, but she knew what shape it would take.
NEWS
June 12, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Kudos to Obama girls The first daughters are fast approaching adulthood. Malia Obama , who turns 18 on the Fourth of July, graduated from high school on Friday. Dad President Obama , mom Michelle and sister Sasha attended the ceremony at Sidwell Friends in Washington's northwest section. "I'm going to be sitting there with dark glasses, sobbing," the prez told Ellen DeGeneres earlier this year. The Obamas kept a low profile. "[Obama] was just a total dad. No fanfare.
SPORTS
June 2, 2016 | Mike Kern, Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - As perks go, Tuesday afternoon at the White House was the ultimate trump card. Villanova's basketball team had certainly got to do a bunch of neat stuff, both individually and as a group, since Kris Jenkins nailed the three-pointer in Houston that will only be replayed for as long as they're holding an NCAA Tournament. That's what happens when you win six games in March and go home with the trophy. Now, nearly two months since that magical night, the Wildcats got to do what is probably their last official act together.
SPORTS
June 2, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - Jay Wright seemed to be pinching himself as he stood just a few feet away from President Obama during the president's remarks welcoming Wright and the 2016 Villanova national championship basketball team to the White House on Tuesday. "Mr. President, after the championship we had a big press conference, but nothing as big as this," Wright said when it came time for him to speak. "This is big-time. " "There's a lot of cameras around here," observed Obama, who initially introduced Wright as "the best-dressed man in college basketball . . . the George Clooney of coaches.
NEWS
May 28, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Testifying for the first time in a criminal case, Sen. Bob Casey said Thursday that Rep. Chaka Fattah sought to enlist his aid in 2008 to land a White House appointment for a wealthy, politically connected lobbyist. But the Democratic senator maintained, speaking to reporters after a brief stint on the witness stand in Fattah's federal corruption trial, that he knew nothing of bribes that prosecutors now say bought the congressman's support. "We received a lot of requests - in most cases from the individual" seeking appointment, Casey told jurors of a letter Fattah wrote him lauding lobbyist Herbert Vederman's qualifications.
SPORTS
May 26, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Josh Hart, Villanova's leading scorer last season and one of the catalysts to the Wildcats' run to the national championship, said Tuesday night he will return to the Main Line for his senior season, a move that gives the team a legitimate shot at repeating as No. 1. "One more year!!" Hart said on Twitter at the end of a day that saw him participate in his last workout with an NBA team, this one with the Atlanta Hawks. Hart earned an invitation to the NBA draft combine earlier this month and worked out for several NBA teams, including the 76ers, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Boston Celtics, and the San Antonio Spurs.
NEWS
May 18, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - In a somber ceremony honoring police bravery, President Obama on Monday awarded the Medal of Valor posthumously to Philadelphia Police Sgt. Robert Wilson III, killed last year as he tried to buy a gift for his son - and wound up disrupting an armed robbery. Tears streamed down the face of Wilson's grandmother Constance Wilson as she accepted the medal from the president in the White House's East Room. "Please know how deeply sorry we are for your loss, how grateful we are for Sgt. Wilson's service," Obama told her as well as Wilson's sister, Shakira Burroughs, and brother, Dareon, in his opening remarks.
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