It’s the birthday of The White House. Today in 1792, the cornerstone of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was laid. For over 200 years, the home of our presidents has made it through fires, structural renovations, and a constant rotation of inhabitants and decorators.
Check out this comparison view of The White House before and after a controversial update was installed - the balcony of the South Portico.
When President Truman arrived at the White House, awnings were used to shade the south side. Truman believed that a balcony would add space and grace, and consulted with architects to install one. Traditionalists cried foul, and political cartoons lampooned Truman for his choice. Nonetheless, when the addition was completed in 1948, it was widely agreed that the “Truman Balcony” was an improvement after all.
-from the Truman Library
What do you think of this White House renovation?
April 8, 1918 - July 8, 2011
To honor the remarkable and inspiring life of Betty Ford, Our Presidents will be sharing photos and stories about the former First Lady. Here, President and Mrs. Ford hug each other in the Oval Office. December 6, 1974.
From the Ford Presidential Library and Museum.
This weekend will mark the anniversary that President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the official proclamation admitting Hawaii as the 50th state. Learn more about August 21, 1959 at the Eisenhower Library.
“I got back from the fortune teller and she was talking about how in the future stick men are going to fly around in cardboard boxes and talk through their minds. YEAH RIGHT. That sounds stupid, stupid enough that they’ll never even make a movie about itAUUAHAGAHAGAGAGHGHGHHHHHHHHHHH”
“God. I was just out trying to find a mini mart that was open past 10pm and ran into these friggin’ trigger happy lobsterbacks! Don’t shoot me because I get a hankering for Hostess fruit pies after hours. You know, if Boston wasn’t so stupid about everything shutting down at 10pm this would never be happeningAUUAHHAGGAGGAGAGHGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH”
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After he died, Christopher Hitchen’s book “God Is Not Great” trended on Twitter (under the hashtag #GodIsNotGreat). Christians took it as an insult and then, among other outbursts, threatened to kill atheists.
Twitter then bizarrely removed both the trending topics “Hitchens” and “GodIsNotGreat”. However, they kept the trending topic #ReasonsToBeatYourGirlfriend, which was (sadly) trending nationwide at the time of the removal.
Stay classy, Twitter.
Hmm. Not to mention that more than half of these threaten to kill someone. Sometimes it’s so easy to be an atheist…
How does Satanic become santic??? Sound it out, Felisha. Also “bcus if yu dont beileve in him deres no point of yu livin hoe.”
Glad these people are taking the teachings of Jesus Christ to heart.
From the room in which Remedial Chaos Theory was broken by Chris McKenna and writers. I’m sorry, that’s not accurate. The room in which Chris McKenna and writers were broken by Remedial Chaos Theory. Thank you so much for your patience and sacrifices, guys.