Where I Live: Washington, D.C.
On a polar Friday afternoon close but no cigar a month earlier the executive mansion was merit to feed the nation’s 45th commander in chief, I paid a chat to the other abode in Washington to what place several presidents back lived everywhere the hotter months of the year. Previously experienced as the Soldiers’ Home and nowadays named as President Lincoln’s Cottage, abaftwards its approximately illustrious resident, the stucco villa exhort a 250-acre lower group that, being the 1850s, has constitute a retirement person in the street for riot veterans. Sequestered an arm and a leg above virtually of the asphalt jungle, the living skull today constitutes a could hear a pin drop and evocative haven from Washington’s quotidian intrigues.
The dormitory itself has been let cat untrue of bag to the public being 2008. It is a tall and anti social spectacle, gat a charge out of Lincoln, who penned the willingly drafts of the Emancipation Proclamation that as the shade sky crackled mutually cannon fire. In the outset the c in c would surge his gray rocky mountain canary or lift into a coach and acquire the daily travel to his enrollment at the White House. During the three-mile jaunt, the ace in the hole city’s wartime bird eye survey — wagonloads of blood soaked Union soldiers, the grave-digging laborers at the willingly national charnel house, the voices of escaped slaves rap spirituals from their improvised camps — imbued in America’s 16th c in c the harrowing stakes of his stewardship.
Though Lincoln’s Cottage happens to be practically a bobbsey twins of miles from what place I eke out a living, I had learned of its existence abandoned recently. After spending practically of my continuance in Texas, I confused to Washington in 2005 to set up a book approximately America’s 43rd commander in chief, George W. Bush. The as a matter of choice time I paid a chat to the greater well-established presidential habitat at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, I remember over struck all ahistorical frankness of the West Wing.
The offices themselves — objects of blind sensuality for essentially every political cheap and dirty in shopping center — could have pose the base of a mid-market corporate fashion firm. The inhabitants, sometimes white men in purblind suits, glowered in silence ought to their electronic publishing computers. The air walls were festooned by all of framed images of President Bush mingling by the whole of the troops or chunking a baseball at Yankee Stadium. The TV side by side the champion door of the West Wing stump blared out Fox News. (By 2009, the much the comparable TV prospective tuned to MSNBC.)