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    The silly operetta costumes Nixon ordered were a farce.  But you don't prove anything by citing the most extreme outlier.

    Either we provide a proper residence for our Head of State/Government (and our President basically serves both roles) or we don't.  If we accept the need for such a residence, then the question becomes one of how we do that in a way that reflects our democratic values.  

    Congress approved a smaller residence than George Washington wanted. But it eventually grew threw the colonnades, wings, and basements to be more the size he proposed. It grew that way out of necessity.

    The Kennedys arrived to a house furnished much like better quality hotel (not exactly luxury).  The redecoration at the end of the Truman renovation was directed by the head decorator from B. Altman dept. store. The Kennedys and later the Nixons (not as well known) instigated the donation or purchase of historically significant antique furnishings and art that culminated eventually in the White House being certified as a museum.

    Sure, the Reagans could have augmented some of the earlier sets. In fact, this is what the Clintons did in their first administration, ordering from Lenox more service plates (chargers) from the Wilson set and key pieces from the FDR set so that they could set one of their large 300-seat dinners in a tent on the lawn.  

    For the 200th anniversary of the occupance of the White House, the White House Historical Association donated the "Millennial China" which featured borders using architectural elements from the White House and representations of the North and South porticos on the major size plates instead of the Presidential Seal.

    The White House is more modest than most official residences of Heads of State in the Western democracies.  That's why the largest dinners are held in the East Room or in a tent on the lawn due to the limited capacity (140-160) of the State Dining Room.  

    In addition, we should have provided an official residence for the SecState long ago.  Instead we developed an elaborate set of rooms at the State Dept.  Anachronistically, these period rooms are on the 7th floor of a post-WWII building.

    But citing Nixon's palace guard proves nothing.  

    (That sound you are hearing is a paradigm being shifted at Warp Factor Infinity using no clutch.)

    by homogenius on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 02:14:58 PM PST

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