Frank Sinatra was born on this day, December 12, 1915. On what would have been his 97th birthday, here’s a picture of The Chairman of the Board with President and Mrs. Reagan.
Photo: President Reagan and Nancy Reagan receiving a baseball from Frank Sinatra during a meeting with the 1981 National Multiple Sclerosis Society Mother and Father of the Year in the Oval Office. 6/3/81.
-from the Reagan 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.”
On this day in 1961, President Kennedy welcomed the one-millionth visitor to the White House that year, the first time in history the White House had reached that milestone. To mark the occasion, he said this:
“The White House is alive with history back to the earliest days of our country and I would like to take this opportunity to urge every American when the opportunity presents itself to come to Washington to visit this historic home. Our young people can be inspired by the history; our older people can have their faith renewed by it. The White House is the home belonging to the United States and it is only fitting that as many visit it as possible.”
“I was an ordinary woman who was called onstage at an extraordinary time. I was no different once I became first lady than I had been before. But, through an accident of history, I had become interesting to people.”
First Lady Betty Ford looks toward the Oval Office from a window in the White House residence. 1/20/75
-from the Ford Library
Photo Gallery: Presidents as Fathers
In honor of all the awesome dads out there, a Presidential Father’s Day gallery from the White House blog.
Happy Father’s Day!
Pictured, John F. Kennedy claps as his children, Caroline and John, Jr. dance in the Oval Office. 10/10/62