The White House kitchen, farm, grounds and grounds crew recently cleaned up and decorated for “March of the Presidents” during a “roving valentine” ceremony that visitors could attend during the Friday through Sunday. The White House, recently repainted and added to its painting department, in addition to moving its livestock into the Rose Garden in recent weeks, is setting the tone for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day.
The valentine message was signed by President Donald Trump himself, and the event was framed to highlight the living history of the White House garden and kitchen.
Almost all the West Wing decor has a message to inspire people’s spirit and hopes of a brighter future for the country. The annual tradition of writing the national spirit for the White House lawn annually highlights the majestic exterior of the building as well as the beatific occupants of the office of the Presidency.
Thank you to everyone from the commissary folks to the Grounds team, landscapers, gardeners, chefs, cleaners, volunteers, staff! pic.twitter.com/n6Zdqg1w2n — Leslie Wexner (@lesliewexner) May 12, 2018
The theme of 2017 was “Inspire America,” while 2016 featured “Choose Our Future.”
While the White House Council of Environmental Quality and Office of Protocol, National Archives and Records Administration and the American Historical Society are located on the second floor of the Roosevelt executive mansion, the White House is down below, and most of the building still looks like it did back in the 1960s and early 1970s.
This year’s “March of the Presidents” was held in the Grand Foyer. Originally located there in 1963 as a stop on the president’s convoys, this outdoor viewing location has been remodeled since. Four hundred trees have been planted there to match the arrival of the president and the first lady, and the space hosts a boardroom, guest dining room, screening room, ornate fireplace and just about every other outdoor activity imaginable on a sunny holiday weekend.
What better place to perform such a valentine than the lawn of the White House?