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By Paul Brandus

“Like taking a journey of the White condominium with a proficient storyteller at your side!”

  1. Why, within the mins before John F. Kennedy was once murdered, used to be a blood-red carpet put in within the Oval place of work?
  2. If Abraham Lincoln by no means slept within the Lincoln bed room, the place did he sleep?
  3. Why used to be one president approximately killed within the White condo on inauguration day—and one other secretly sworn in?
  4. What really occurred within the state of affairs Room on September eleven, 2001?


History leaps off the web page during this “riveting,” “fast-moving” and “highly interesting” booklet at the presidency and White residence in Under This Roof, from award-winning White House-based journalist Paul Brandus. Reporting from the West Wing briefing room given that 2008, Brandus—the such a lot White apartment journalist on Twitter (@WestWingReport)—weaves jointly tales of the presidents, their households, the occasions in their time—and an oft-ignored significant personality, the White apartment itself.

From George Washington—who chosen the profitable layout for the White House—to the present occupant, Barack Obama—the tale of the White home is the tale of the USA itself, Brandus writes. You’ll:

  1. Walk with John Adams during the still-unfinished mansion, and watch Thomas Jefferson plot to shop for the Louisiana Territory
  2. Feel the terror and panic as British invaders procedure the mansion in 1814—and Dolley Madison frantically saves a portray of Washington
  3. Gaze out the window with Abraham Lincoln as accomplice flags flutter within the breeze at the different part of the Potomac
  4. Be within the room as one president is secretly sworn in, and one other gambles away the White condo china in a card game
  5. Stand through the presidential mattress as one First Lady—covering up her husband’s ailment from the nation—secretly makes judgements on his behalf
  6. Learn how phones, video clips, radio, television replaced the presidency—and the state itself


Through triumph and tragedy, growth and bust, secrets and techniques and scandals,
Brandus takes you to the presidential bed room, movie show, state of affairs Room, Oval workplace and extra. Under This Roof is a “sensuous account of the heritage of either the house of the President, and the boys and girls who designed, inhabited, and embellished it. Paul Brandus captivates with fabulous, gloriously uncooked observations.”

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This time, the supplies became their awareness to the nation ground, in particular the East Room. except gasoline lights, which was once put in in 1848 throughout the Polk management, the big chamber had primarily been unchanged considering the fact that its of completion within the past due 1820s. The can provide begun by means of having beams put in at the ceiling, twenty-two toes up; this created 3 areas within the room. The ceilings have been painted in blues and pinks, as though to resemble the sky, and gold and grey wallpaper was once post. The room’s 4 fireplaces bought new mantles, with tall mirrors hung above every one, and 4 huge gasoline globe chandeliers have been hung from the ceiling. The beams have been supported via enforcing Corinthian-style columns—leading a few observers to dub the decor “pure Greek. ” Others, lower than inspired with the entire bronze and glitter, sneered that “steamboat Gothic” used to be extra love it. 29 working east to west around the kingdom ground, the golf green, Blue, and purple Rooms additionally obtained a latest sheen; all have been accomplished in time for crucial social occasion of President and Mrs. Grant’s complete 8 years in place of work: the 1874 marriage in their daughter, Nellie, to Englishman Alger-non Sartoris. apart from a minor home improvement task through the management of Chester Arthur in 1882—when Louis Tiffany put in silver paper at the ceiling and additional numerous potted plants—Grant’s advancements to the East Room might final a quarter-century, while Theodore Roosevelt might overhaul the room another time. provide could pass down in historical past as a greater normal than president, mostly for a chain of scandals that plagued his management. The president himself appears to be like to were a sincere guy, yet his loyalty to these round him made him oblivious to their corruption. He allowed himself to simply accept presents from a few whose intentions have been below benign. one of many worst abuses of the general public belief got here whilst railroad magnates used their entry to Grant—via an unscrupulous presidential brother-in-law—to try to nook the gold industry. studying of this scheme to control the marketplace, the president stopped it, paradoxically by way of manipulating the industry himself by way of flooding it with government-owned gold. costs plunged, sparking “Black Friday,” September 24, 1869, whilst the monetary markets crashed. The so-called “Gold Panic” and a next congressional research into it dented the president’s richly deserved recognition. 30 That attractiveness may soak up extra blows within the years forward. Ulysses S. provide was once no longer the 1st president to be tarnished via scandal; nor, after all, may he be the final. In 1797, George Washington introduced that 8 years within the presidency have been adequate for him, and that he could retire to Mount Vernon, his stately domestic overlooking the Potomac River. Three-quarters of a century later, Ulysses S. provide, worn down via scandal and weary of presidential existence, determined that phrases have been sufficient for him to boot (term limits wouldn’t be legally validated until eventually after the dying of four-termer Franklin Roosevelt) and that he might retire.

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