Lunch Break: Tomatoes!
People often sent President Truman produce or other foodstuffs specific to their region. This Missourian, who also happened to be the Chairman of the Democratic Central Committee of Webster County, sent Mr. Truman a variety of tomatoes, including San Marzano, Millionaire, and Winsall.
-from the Truman Library
Lyndon B. Johnson had “give-away” items in the Oval Office like this electric toothbrush set stamped with the Presidential seal.
Rumor has it, Doris Kearns Goodwin amassed several during her tenure as a White House intern, and finally asked LBJ, “Why toothbrushes?”
LBJ said, “I want people to think of me right away when they wake up and right before they go to bed.”
Elephants in the Room - Presidential Gifts
President Reagan was given 788 elephant-related gifts during his time in the White House. This action figure, hand-knit vest, crystal-studded ostrich egg, and porcelain figurine are a small sampling of the presidential pachyderms at the Reagan Library. BTW, the ostrich egg is a music box that plays “Hail to the Chief.”
See more crafty, cute, and over-the-top gifts in our gallery: Elephant Gifts from the People