“Love Will Keep Us Together”
The Grammy Award-winning duo of Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille performed at a state dinner honoring Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip of Great Britain on July 7, 1976.
Although the couple was invited to the dinner they did not attend as Dragon was feeling under the weather. They nevertheless kept their after dinner engagement, although they drew some negative comments from the press for performing “Muskrat Love” for Her Majesty.
The Fords were pleased by the evening’s entertainment. “Mrs. Ford and I want you to know how much we, and our guests, enjoyed ‘The Captain and Tennille,’” President Ford wrote in a thank you letter to Dragon. “We were particularly concerned because you were not feeling well, but, in keeping with the great tradition of show business, you managed to give a fine performance despite your illness.”
-from the Ford Library
George W. Bush spoke to an Independence Day crowd in Morgantown, West Virginia on July 4, 2005. The President told the estimated 3,000 people at West Virginia University that “the revolutionary truths of the Declaration are still at the heart of America.”
-from the George W. Bush Library
“Liberty is a living flame to be fed, not dead ashes to be revered, even in a Bicentennial year.”
-Gerald R. Ford
President Ford stands at attention while Marines present the flag prior to delivering his remarks on American Independence at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1976.
-from the Gerald R. Ford Library
Have a Presidential 4th of July!
Fireworks display over the White House that concluded the State Visit of King Faisal, 6/21/66.
-From the LBJ Library moving picture collection.
Happy Fourth of July!
(Photo: JFK meets the Liberty Bell, July 4, 1962, Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Robert Knudsen/JFK Library)
"A favorite recipe at the LBJ Ranch is for deer meat sausage. The finished product is recommended for late Sunday morning breakfast with scrambled eggs, hominy grits, hot biscuits and boiling hot coffee."
It calls for half a deer!
-from the LBJ Library
On July 2, 1961, Ernest Hemingway died at the age of 61. Though he and President Kennedy never met, President Kennedy more than once expressed his admiration for Hemingway and his work.
In a statement on Hemingway’s death, President Kennedy said, “Few Americans have had a greater impact on the emotions and attitudes of the American people than Ernest Hemingway…he almost single-handedly transformed the literature and the ways of thought of men and women in every country in the world.”
Hemingway’s papers are archived at the JFK Library and you can access them here.
President Kennedy headed to Italy as his final stop on his major tour of Europe. His trip included a private visit with Pope Paul VI in the Vatican. Though we don’t have any photos of the papal visit, we do have this great image of JFK visiting the Victor Emmanuel Monument in Rome. 7/1/1963.
-from the JFK Library