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Petition Wants to Nix Melania's 'Boring Tribute to Herself'

Signees want first lady Jill Biden to restore Rose Garden to the Jackie O version

(Newser) - When Melania Trump redesigned the White House's Rose Garden last summer, the result wasn't embraced by all. While several upgrades were made, including an improved drainage system and tech enhancements to make the site more media-friendly, critics were peeved that the then-first lady removed some trees and many...

Another Rose Garden Attendee Tests Positive

Trish Scalia, wife of labor secretary, sat beside Kellyanne Conway

(Newser) - The wife of Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, who attended the Rose Garden event where Amy Coney Barrett was announced as President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, has tested positive for the coronavirus. Patricia "Trish" Scalia sat behind first lady Melania Trump and next to former White House counselor Kellyanne...

DC Health Official Makes a Plea Over Rose Garden Event

Everyone who attended is urged to get tested

(Newser) - With more than a dozen confirmed coronavirus cases among people who attended a White House event last month, DC health officials have issued a plea. In an open letter Thursday, the district's health director asked that anyone who's worked at the White House in the past two weeks...

Newly Renovated Rose Garden Being Renovated Again

South Lawn is also being re-sodded 'at no cost to taxpayers'

(Newser) - The White House's South Lawn and newly-renovated Rose Garden are undergoing repairs after suffering damage as a result of the Republican National Convention. President Trump accepted his party's nomination from the South Lawn, where a tent, stage, and lighting were erected, and more than a thousand people were...

Melania's Rose Garden Redo Is Turning Heads

Rich colors are gone, but the design is media-friendly

(Newser) - Melania Trump's redesign of the White House Rose Garden is making headlines—and not all for the better, Vox reports. The First Lady has torn out crabapple trees and vibrant tulips dating back to the Kennedy era for a more sedate color palette of white and pastel roses. She...

Melania Trump Has Big Plans for the Rose Garden

First lady set to announce a major renovation as an 'act of expressing hope and optimism for the future'

(Newser) - The Rose Garden is getting a redesign, and Melania Trump will be leading the efforts. The first lady will formally announce the revamp Monday, which in her words is meant to be an "act of expressing hope and optimism for the future," per prepared remarks seen by the...

Obama Helps Hamilton Creator Freestyle-Rap at White House

'You think that's going viral? That's going viral'

(Newser) - The cast of Hamilton spent Monday at the White House, where they performed a selection of songs and attended a workshop for a group of schoolchildren hosted by Michelle Obama, the AP reports. "Hamilton, I'm pretty sure, is the only thing that Dick Cheney and I agree on,...

Heiress Designer of White House Gardens Dies at 103

Rachel 'Bunny' Mellon was art patron, friend of Kennedys

(Newser) - Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, the "fresh-faced, slender, ebullient ... dazzling" heiress who redesigned the White House Rose Garden, has died at age 103 at her Virginia home, the New York Times reports. A friend to presidents and monarchs, Mellon was heir to the Listerine fortune; she was also known for...

Obama to GOP: This Isn't a Game

President says politics the only thing stopping jobs act

(Newser) - President Obama took to the Rose Garden today, flanked by a crowd of teachers, veterans, cops, firefighters, construction workers, and small-business owners to tout his new jobs bill , arguing that politics were the only thing standing in the way of its passage. “Joe and I as we were walking...

Obama: Now It's Time to Work on Jobs

Obama delivers debt ceiling address

(Newser) - Barack Obama gave a Rose Garden address today after the Senate passed its bill boosting the debt ceiling, saying it was just “an important first step,” and that more compromises would have to come out of the committee created by the bill. Obama, who signed the bill into...

Rat Crashes Obama Speech
Rat Crashes Obama Speech
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Rat Crashes Obama Speech

Rodent apparently supports Wall Street reform

(Newser) - No gatecrashers at President Obama’s second state dinner, but there was one yesterday as he spoke at the White House. A rodent, presumably a rat, ran across the Rose Garden steps just before Obama walked out to speak (watch the video at left—the rodent gets quite a reaction...

A Frosty Merkel Arrives in DC
 A Frosty Merkel Arrives in DC 

A Frosty Merkel Arrives in DC

Economy, Afghanistan cloud chancellor's talks with Obama

(Newser) - Angela Merkel arrives in Washington today for a two-day visit, where the German chancellor will hold talks with President Obama before a rare joint press conference in the Rose Garden. Yet despite the smiles, the two leaders have a strained if not frosty relationship, with both sides carping about economic...

Blazers Snap Lakers' 4-Game Win Streak

Portland builds 18-point second half lead, holds off comeback

(Newser) - Brandon Roy scored 23 points and matched his career high with 12 assists, and the Portland Trail Blazers held off the Los Angeles Lakers 112-103 on Tuesday night. LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Portland, which snapped a five-game losing streak. Channing Frye had a season-high 22...

Bush: Mac Has 'Courage' to Lead
Bush: Mac Has 'Courage' to Lead

Bush: Mac Has 'Courage' to Lead

President endorses Arizona senator a day after GOP nomination assured

(Newser) - George Bush endorsed John McCain in a Rose Garden appearance today, saying his former foe has the “character, courage, and perseverance” to be president. One day after the Arizona senator clinched the Republican nomination, he said of Bush, “I appreciate his endorsement, and I appreciate his service to...

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