Today our 44th president is sworn in, the first black president in our history.
Last night I stayed up late watching a program on The History Channel (one of our favorite channels). It was The White House; Behind Closed Doors. Laura Bush led Antiques Roadshow Leslie and Leigh Keno to tour areas seldom seen by the public, including the family dining room on the second floor and the president's personal office.
The history of the White House is fascinating. The first president was John Adams, and his wife, Abigail, used to hang laundry in the East Room because the yard was too open and small and she didn't want the public seeing their laundry, even if it were clean, lol.
The British set the White House on fire in 1814 during the war of 1812, and there was another fire in 1929, rather symbolic, I think, seeing that was the year of the big stock market crash that heralded the start of the Great Depression.
They had to build a giant tub to fit William Howard Taft, who weighed 350 pounds and couldn't fit in a normal tub. Four men could sit in it!
But I think the most interesting bit of history for today, is that that slaves built the original White House. And today a black man is moving in to lead the country.
Happy Inauguration Day.