Gerald R. Ford’s Remarks at his Swearing-in as Vice President
On December 6, 1973, Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the 40th Vice President of the United States in front of a joint session of Congress. Here is the first page of his reading copy of the remarks he delivered after taking the oath of office.
See the entire speech here.
-from the Ford Library
Fifty years ago, a mere two weeks after President Kennedy’s death, seven individuals met in Boston to begin creating the memorial to his life. Lem Billings, Nathan Pusey, Ed Hanify, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. and Evelyn Lincoln joined the president’s brothers Robert and Edward to form the organization that would build JFK’s presidential library: the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library Corporation (now known as the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation).
Pictured: One of the signed documents establishing the President John F. Kennedy Memorial Library Corporation.
-from the JFK Library
Did you know that Mr. Truman met Pablo Picasso?
During his 1958 trip to Europe, Mr. Truman met with Mr. Picasso outside his ceramics studio in Vallauris, France. Just because they met each other did not mean that they liked each other. Mr. Truman hated modern art, what he called “ham and eggs art,” and later referred to Picasso as a “French Communist caricaturist.”
-from the Truman Library
President George W. Bush and President Hu Jintao of the People’s Republic of China, view Chinese troops during the welcome ceremonies for the President and Mrs. Bush at the Great Hall of People in Beijing November 20th, 2005.
-from the George W. Bush Library
Condolence letter to Jacqueline Kennedy from Myrlie Evers Williams, widow of the assassinated civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
Mrs. Kennedy received over 1.5 million letters of condolence from around the world. Among them were messages from Duke Ellington, Indira Gandhi, Cary Grant, Nikita Khrushchev, General Douglas MacArthur, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ezra Pound, and Marie Tippit (widow of police officer JD Tippit, who was also killed by Lee Harvey Oswald on November 22, 1963).
The Riderless Horse
On November 25, 1963, during President Kennedy’s funeral procession, a magnificent black gelding, with an empty saddle, saber, and boots reversed in the stirrups, followed the caisson bearing the President’s coffin. The riderless horse is one of the highest military honors bestowed upon the fallen. Black Jack, the horse used during JFK’s funeral procession, was from the Army’s oldest active infantry unit, the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as The Old Guard. He alone defied the strict military discipline of the day with his rowdy behavior: prancing, throwing his head, and dancing around his walker.
After the funeral, Mrs. Kennedy, an avid horsewoman, expressed an interest in Black Jack. Within hours, the horse’s saddle and blanket, and the boots and saber were delivered to her at the White House.
-from the JFK Library