Johnny Cash was born on this day, February 26, 1932.
In honor of Cash’s birthday, here’s a photo of Johnny and June Carter Cash with President Jimmy Carter in the Oval Office of the White House.
Photo: Jimmy Carter and Johnny Cash and family. 6/14/77.
-from the Carter Library
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As a white tie occasion, this dinner or the Emperor and Empress of Japan was one of the most formal dinners President and Mrs. Ford hosted. Instead of the usual round tables they used a more official E-shaped table arrangement.
The color scheme featured deep crimson red and sterling silver set off by white table linens. Once again highlighting American craftsmanship, the centerpieces were decorative silver pieces handcrafted by Samuel Kirk and Son of Baltimore, America’s oldest silversmith. A full garland of crimson blossoms was draped between the silver and candle holders.
In honor of their guests, crimson and white chrysanthemums, the royal flower of Japan, were placed throughout the State Floor. A six foot tall bonsai tree was placed in the Yellow Oval Room as well.
"Photographers in pool need to bring ladders." -White House instructions for Press Coverage of the State Dinner for German Chancellor Schmidt.
Black Tie, BYOL (Bring Your Own Ladder)
State dinners received press coverage from the arrival of guests through the after-dinner entertainment. The East Wing Press Office, headed by Mrs. Ford’s Press Secretary Sheila Weidenfeld, issued guidance on what press access would be allowed for each portion of the evening.
Reporters covering Chancellor Schmidt’s arrival at the North Portico did not have to dress up, but black tie was required for those covering events inside the White House. In addition to following the dress code these photographers covering the toasts needed to bring their own ladders into the State Dining Room to ensure a clear view over the guests’ heads.
Menu for the 1974 State Dinner for Canada:
Good Friends Discussing Their Differences
After finishing their hazelnut mousse and coffee the two leaders exchanged toasts.
President Ford shared an anecdote about his first trip outside of the United States to Windsor and commented on how he enjoyed skiing in Canada. Although he did not mention it during his toast, his prepared remarks also included the fun fact that he and Prime Minister Trudeau were probably “the only two heads of government ever to be photographed on trampolines in the same year.”
In a more serious vein, President Ford noted how cordial relations between the countries remained even when discussing their differences. “We often say in the Congress that you can disagree without being disagreeable, and that is the way I think our relations between your country and ours has proceeded in the past, and I hope will proceed in the future,” he said.
FDR’s 1944 State of the Union Address
On January 11, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his annual State of the Union Address to the Nation as a Fireside Chat from the White House.
In previous years, the President delivered the State of the Union Address in person before the Congress. But having just recently returned from a grueling trip to the Cairo and Teheran Conferences, President Roosevelt was ill with the flu and chose instead to send a written message to Congress and to read the message to the American people as a whole from the comfort of the White House.
Prior to Woodrow Wilson, the President’s Annual Message to Congress (now known as the State of the Union speech) customarily had been delivered by presidents to Congress as written reports. By submitting a written message in 1944, Roosevelt was hearkening back to that earlier practice.
In perhaps the most famous part of the speech, President Roosevelt proposed “a second Bill of Rights” to provide a new level of economic security to the American people. Read More
Photo: Franklin D. Roosevelt gives a radio address regarding his State of the Union message to Congress. Washington, D.C. 1/11/44.
-from the FDR Library