The White House announced that President Obama will visit Paterson, New Jersey on Sunday to view the damage caused by Hurricane Irene. Flooding has continued there even after the Passaic River crested on Tuesday.
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will visit all three sites of the terrorist attacks on September 11 to commemorate its 10th anniversary. The Obamas are scheduled to travel to Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the site of United Flight 93 crash; visit Ground Zero where the World Trade Center towers were destroyed by two hijacked planes, and to the Pentagon in Northern Virginia, which was also struck by a hijacked plane. The President and First Lady will end the day by attending the "Concert of Hope" at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC where the President will deliver remarks.
Caroline Kennedy, daughter of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, has a new book due out on September 14, entitled Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy. The book is a collection of taped conversations the First Lady had with historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. following the assassination of President Kennedy. Following the conversations with Mr. Schlesinger, the tapes were sealed and given to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library per Jacqueline Kennedy's instructions.
Now, on the fiftieth anniversary of President Kennedy's inauguration, the Kennedy family has decided to release the information obtained in those tapes. The result is the upcoming book along with 8 CDs. There will also be a Spanish edition available.
FIRST LADIES HISTORY: Florence (Flossie) Kling DeWolfe married future president Warren Harding on July8, 1891 in their hometown of Marion, Ohio. She was 30 and he was 25. Even though she was married Flossie chose not to wear a wedding ring. " I don't like badges," she said. One person who was not happy about the marriage was Florence's father, Amos Kling. He was determined to destory his son-in-law. He bought up and then called in all the loans that Warren Harding had oustanding on his newspaper. If it hadn't been for Harding's friends who bailed him out Amos would have accomplished his goal. Amos then bought a rival newspaper but Warren Harding vowed that his father-in-law "would not get the best of him."
It's not just First Ladies of the United States that attract attention for their fashion successes or missteps. Some presidents were also part of the fashion scene. President Gerald Ford was a male model and dated a fashion model while in college. They ended up on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine in 1942. President Harry Truman owned a men's clothing store in Kansas City, Missouri. And finally, Andrew Johnson was a tailor by trade with a stylish mode of dress that got him noticed. Andrew Johnson eventually became Lincoln's vice president and succeeded him as president following Lincoln's assassination.
The decision by First Lady Michelle Obama to move the Smithsonian's National Design Awards at the White House from July to September has caused some consternation in fashion circles. Why? The new date conflicts with fashion week when designers show their spring collections.
The title of this blog post is part of the title of a program premiering on BET network Sunday, August 28, entitled Michelle Obama On A Mission: Impact Africa. The program is told from the First Lady's point of view and the communities she visited during her trip to Africa.
"That short unhappy period of my life is dead and buried. It was a great mistake." Florence Harding FIRST LADIES HISTORY: Once Florence (Flossie) came back to her hometown after desertion by her common law husband she got to work to support herself and child, giving piano lessons at 25 cents a lesson. She even mended the relationship with her father until she met future president Warren Harding. Harding was the owner and editor of the local newspaper but Flossie knew him as the coronet player at the skating rink where she spent her evenings. He exhibited some of the same behavior as her former husband. Warren Harding was a gambler, a ladies man and a drinker, which did not go over well with Florence's family. When Flossie and Warren Harding became engaged her father threatened to cut off her inheritance and vowed that if he saw Warren on the street he would shoot him.