What is the White House?

The “White House” is the nick name of the Executive Mansion.  It is the official residence of the President of the United States.  It is also the President’s private residence and where the Presidential family resides.

CNN “reporter” Joe Acosta lost his White House clearance when he acted like an ass at a Presidential press conference.  Even Fox News is one the “Freedom of the Press” band wagon.

 

 

BUT FIRST, A HISTORY LESSON

Until the Truman Administration, American citizens could knock on the White House door and ask to see their President.  This ended with the assassination attempt of November 1, 1950.  This traditional invitation by the President extends back to Washington.

Between 1861 and 1864, records indicate that President Lincoln personally entertained over 2000 callers.  From members of Congress and the Military to ordinary citizens.  Mrs. Lincoln’s relatives alone were a tribe of trouble. Half of them were Confederate sympathizers or Confederate combatants. A letter written by Samuel G. Suddarth is revealing.

“We were conducted up to the Presidents Sanctorm or business room, where to our surprise and gratification all further formality was laid aside. Mr. Lincoln shook us cordially by the hand and received us in so natural and unostentatious a manner, and with that kind of unaffected, plain, and native urbanity, as to dispel all embarrassment, and cause us to feel entirely easy. ” [1]

It is a long held tradition of the White House being the President’s home and people are invited into it “at the pleasure of the President”.

It also means the Presidents can do anything they want in it and to it.  First Ladies have had a free hand to redecorate.  Truman had the whole thing torn down and rebuilt.  A bowling alley was added by Richard Nixon in 1969.  The current “press room” sit atop FDR’s swimming pool.

Bowling at the White House.

They are the final arbiter about who can or can’t be in the White House. During the first term of President Clinton, Hillary’s entire staff did not have security clearances to be in the building.  Yet, they were allowed in “at the pleasure of the President”.

PRESIDENTIAL PRESS CONFERENCES

The first presidential press conference was held by President Woodrow Wilson in March of 1913.  Since then, presidents and their staffs saw them as a primary strategy for explaining their policies.

“I regard it as rather necessary to the carrying on of our republican institution that the people should have a fairly accurate report of what the president is trying to do, and it is for that purpose, of course, that those intimate conferences are held.” [September 14 1926]-President Coolidge

The Press has no Right to be in the White House.

CONCLUSION

It looks like the question of kicking Joe Acosta out of the White House will go to the Supreme Court on the grounds it violates the First Amendment and freedom of the press.

But the White House is the President’s home and by extension America’s home.  If the Supreme Court rules that Acosta and anyone else for that matter can enter the White House over the President’s objection does not bode well for our Rights.

If the President, as the Head of his household can be forced by the courts to allow people in that he doesn’t want there; the Courts can force you to accept unwanted guests as well.

Think about what the Left wants to do with illegal immigrants.

Do not underestimate how smart the Leftists are and their zeal in removing the Constitution.

The Battle of Gettysburg 160 Years Ago

Today is the 160th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.  After three days of hard fighting, the two armies suffered between 46,000 and 51,000 casualties.

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General Robert E. Lee invaded Pennsylvania commanding the Army of Northern Virginia some 70,000 strong.  The campaign started in July of 1862 and lasted until Lee was routed from Gettysburg.  During the first days of the campaign the Confederate army marched through Pennsyvanian towns with the Northern women pelting the soldiers with vegetables.  In rebuke one soldier was remembered to have said , “Madam, how do like us coming back into the union this way?”

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TRUE STORY

During the filming of the Ted Turner film “Gettysburg” , Civil War reenactors came from all over the country to participate in the first authorized reenactment on the actual battle field.  During a break, a group of men  noticed a fellow reenactor emerge from the woods.  “He smelled real bad”, remembered one man.  The man said to them, “Rough one today, ay boys?”  The men agreed with him as they complemented him on his authentic  garb.  He had a quizzical look on his face and asked them how they were situated for ammunition.  When they replied that they had no ammunition, the man reached into his pouch and produced  a handful of  musket rounds.   He apologized for not having more to share. As they were inspecting their gifts the man turned and disappeared back into the woods.

58 caliber ammunition cartridge.

Noticing that they didn’t look like the rounds issued to them, they went to the head of props for the film, who told them they weren’t issued by him. Later they made their way into Gettysburg proper to have them checked out, and were chilled to learn that they were genuine musket rounds, dating from the time of the battle.

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ANOTHER TRUE STORY

During the battle, the 20th Maine regiment was marching towards the Pennsylvania hamlet when they struck a fork in the road and found themselves unsure which direction to proceed. Luckily for them, a mounted rider appeared, albeit in somewhat unusual and old-fashioned uniform, who directed them in the right direction, and even brought them to the top of Little Round Top, where they became famous for repelling one of the first massive assaults on the union lines. Even as they followed this unnamed rider, many found his appearance unusual, particular the eerie glow which seemed to emanate from him. When he disappeared without a word, many were convinced that he was not of this earth. Lincoln’s Secretary of War,  did a proper investigation of the matter, and was told by Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Commmander of  the regiment, “We know not what mystic power may be possessed by those who are now bivouacking with the dead. ”

 

 

 

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“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth” – President Abraham Lincoln