This marvelous book was brought to my attention by one of our readers, Rebecca! Entitled 'Christmas at the White House,' the publication written by Jennifer B. Pickens details the traditions and spectacle of a White House Christmas.
With contributions from Letitia Baldrige, Lynda Johnson Robb, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Regan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Laura Bush, this book is perfect for the holiday season.
Priced at $75, it is available from the link here: http://www.fifeanddrumpress.com/buy_the_book.php
Sad news today as I hear that Teresa Heinz, and individual who is a great inspiration for me, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. We wish her a speedy and healthy recovery, and both her and her family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Teresa spoke to the AP about mammograms and the current controversy over what age a woman should be screened:
The Obamas official Christmas 2009 Portrait.
The President and First Lady descend the Grand Staircase. (The First Lady's dress is by Isabel Toledo.)
One of the many 'recycled' Christmas decorations. This bauble is depicting President Obama's association with Hawaii.
Edith Childs, who coined the campaign phrase, "Fired Up! Ready to Go!" laughs with the President and First Lady. (The First Lady's gold silk lurex suit jacket and pencil skirt are by Michael Kors.)
This video is really interesting, and one of my favourites from the White House Blog so far. Watch out for the Blackberry basket!
Probably the best piece of television you'll watch all weekend!
(I've no idea why the video is so small, but to watch in a large player follow this link: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5974811n&tag=cbsnewsVideoArea.0)
Amid the talk of the war in Afghanistan and healthcare on State of the Union last Sunday, my eye was drawn to the scarf draped around Senator Feinstein's neck. I immediately recognized the pattern as the stained glass West Rose Window of Washington National Cathedral, the intricate details and eye-catching colors making this scarf a truly special accessory.
Similar scarves can be found on their website at: www.nationalcathedral.org
President Obama's former campaign manager, David Plouffe is urging readers to purchase 'The Audacity to Win' today-- December 8th in an attempt to knock Sarah Palin's, 'Going Rogue' off the #1 spot.
I have already have my copy, and urge you to get yours! Watch the video below.
The Capitol Christmas tree arrived Monday from Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. The tree will stand on the Capitol's West Lawn and will be decorated with 5000 ornaments from residents across Arizona, the theme being "Arizona's Gift from the Grand Canyon State."
The 85 foot tall blue spruce will be lighted by Speaker Pelosi during a December 8th twilight ceremony. The event will be led by Stephen T. Ayers, acting architect of the Capitol. The tree and the lighting has been a tradition since 1964, and will be lighted from nightfall until 11pm until New Year's Day.
"Each year, the arrival of the Capitol Christmas tree kicks off a joyous holiday time," said Speaker Pelosi. "May 'the people's tree' light the way for blessed and happy holidays."