The White House

EMOTIONAL OVER THE WHITE HOUSE

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English: Dolley Madison, c. 1804, by Gilbert S...

English: Dolley Madison, c. 1804, by Gilbert Stuart. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Tears came to my eyes recently, as I watched a TV re-run of Laura Bush’s documentary on a tour of the White House. I didn’t research it, but it must have been recorded sometime during 2001 and 2009.

 

I began in the middle of the documentary when Laura was explaining the only original portrait from the original White House still hanging, is the one of George Washington that Dolley Madison saved from the 1814 fire during the War of 1812 when the British Army set Washington D.C. ablaze. I was so interested, because it is said Dolley wouldn’t leave the burning White House without the portrait.

 

I don’t know why I was so saddened. Was it because the Documentary was so well done showing video of many of the formal social events given, important documents signed, and outdoor parties with marching bands, with all of Congress invited and having such a good time showing honor to the President, his wife, his family and the wonderful White House with all its history?

 

And then, my stomach wrenched and lip quivered as I knew how shabbily our current  President, and his wife and family have been treated by one side of Congress during this time in history. When we look back a hundred years from now, the shame will be for all of the future to see.

I am really looking forward to a woman President. Perhaps some good manners will be restored.

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