Premier Chou En-Lai and the Nixons share a toast at the welcoming banquet for the historic trip that began on this day in 1972.
The archival team at the Nixon Library has created a video of behind-the-scenes film clips and stories from Nixon’s trip. Watch more here.
-from the Nixon Library
Cheers and happy Friday!
Albert Capraro was one of Betty Ford’s favorite designers during her time in the White House. Capraro previously had worked for Oscar de la Renta before striking out as an independent designer. Mrs. Ford admired his clothing and also appreciated that it was designed and made in the United States.
Capraro described working with Mrs. Ford as a joy. “She is warm and charming, and she knows what she wants,” he said. Here he adjusts her collar during a consultation at the White House on February 21, 1975.
August 8, 1930 - February 3, 2014
Our thoughts go out to Vice President Mondale and the Mondale family.
Photo: Walter Mondale, Rosalynn Carter, Joan Mondale and Jimmy Carter at the Mondale’s home for dinner with the Vice President. 12/18/1977.
-from the Carter Library
In the aftermath of the assassination of President Kennedy, people from all over the world wrote to the First Family expressing their sympathy and respect.
The JFK Library recently opened a new series of condolence mail from Mrs. Kennedy’s personal papers containing many of these letters. Bob Thorn, a thirteen-year old wrote:
"It was kind of my fault because I feel I wasn’t a good student. My mark in American History, (in which we were studying about the government and the President) was a C… Next term I promise you I’ll get an A."
Today is the birthday of Richard Nixon - January 9, 1913
President Nixon admires his 61st birthday cake while celebrating with family and staff members at the Western White House, La Casa Pacifica, in San Clemente. Left to right are: President Nixon, Tricia Nixon, Pat Nixon, Alexander M. Haig, unidentified man and Ron Ziegler.
-from the Nixon Library
New Year’s Day Black Eyed Peas
Tradition holds that eating black eyed peas on January 1 will bring wealth and prosperity in the coming year. Here’s Laura Bush’s recipe for the Southern dish, originally published on the White House website.
Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies
Mrs. Bush’s recipe cards were originally located on the White House website. Did you know that we have the White House websites of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton archived online? Take a look!
[And make these cookies, trust us, they are SO good.]