National Geographic : 1961 Jan
Inside the White House its hue "odious," a writer of Jackson's time noted, "from the sallow look it imparts." Many people regard the oval-shaped Blue Room, set like a satin-and-gold centerpiece among the state chambers, as the most strik ingly beautiful in the house (page 12). Presi dents usually receive royal visitors here, as well as ambassadors presenting credentials. Here, too, on April 22, 1956, President and Mrs. Eisenhower's granddaughter Mary Jean was christened. In 1828, the only Presi dent's son to be married in the White House chose the Blue Room for the ceremony. He was John Adams, son of one President and grandson of another. This room saw also the first and only White House wedding of a President, 58 years later, when Grover Cleveland married lovely Frances Folsom, 27 years his junior (page 13). The President himself saw to the dec orations. Flowers climbed marble columns and spilled out of fireplaces. The happy bridegroom wrote his own invitations, and deleted the word "obey" from the ceremony. In the less formal Red Room (page 15), President-elect Rutherford B. Hayes was secretly sworn into office during a dinner party given by outgoing President Grant. Hayes had lost the popular vote but won the election over his rival, Samuel J. Tilden, by a single electoral vote. In view of the controversy that developed, and the fact that Inauguration Day in 1877 fell on a Sunday, it was arranged for the oath to be adminis tered quickly and privately. Not even the dinner guests knew what was happening. The adjoining State Dining Room, now furnished in Georgian style, has changed more Mrs. Eisenhower's Favorite View Stretches to the Jefferson Memorial Each morning the First Lady looks out her bedroom window across the fountains and grassy reaches of the south lawn, photographed here from just outside the President's study. In spring a pink haze around the Tidal Basin testifies to the vision of Mrs. William Howard Taft, who promoted the planting of 3,000 Japanese cherry trees. HS EKTACHROMEBY NATIONALGEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHERTHOMASNEBBIA © N.G .S .