Sunday, November 11, 2012
Dr. Lori, in this second of a two-part series, continues the historical tour of the White House, highlighting when it was burnt in the War of 1812 and the redecoration styles of Jacqueline Kennedy.
The White House was designed by James Hoban, an Irish born architect. He won a competition organized by President George Washington in 1792. The inspiration for the White House was based on a villa in Dublin, Ireland called Leinster House. The building was completed in 1794. Today, the White House is held as property #1 in the National Park Service’s hierarchy. President Thomas Jefferson made changes to the White House when he assumed the presidency. While James Madison was President from 1809 to 1817, the White House was burned by the British during the War of 1812. Hoban was invited to Washington to restore the White House. After this re-construction was complete, the famous building was painted its characteristic white and thereafter …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Lisa Loper of the Scott Loper Team talks about the most famous “haunted house” in America
Most people would NOT want to live in a haunted house but one of the most influential people in the world does exactly that – the President of the United States. We thought it would be fun to share some of the stories about the most famous house in America – The White House and some of the ghosts who reportedly live there. For years, it has been rumored that the White House is haunted. Former presidents, residents, staff members, and visiting heads of state have reported sightings, eerie presences, and unexplained thumps, noises, and chills. A house which holds so much history and powerful figures, the White House would be a likely place to find a few ghosts rattling around. Here are the most commonly reported “ghostly inhabitants.” …
Saturday, June 23, 2012
The list of new White House interns includes a familiar name.
There are paper-pushing internships. There are amazing, career-boosting internships. Then there are White House internships. Akbar Hossain of Norristown, is going to find out just how different that is this summer. You may remember Hossain for a previous post on Norristown Patch highlighting a feature Philly.com did on Hossain when he was awarded the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship back in April. Well, the White House announced his participation in their 2012 internship program this week. White House interns work in one of several departments, from the Office of the Chief of Staff to the Office of the White House Counsel. More information about the program is available here. The application for the Spring 2013 program is available…
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The event will cover topics including jobs, the economy, education, healthcare and housing.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
According to a release issued by the White House, the Obama administration will host four more Hispanic Community Action Summits in Philadelphia; Arlington, Virginia; Silver Spring, Maryland; and Livermore, California in the coming weeks. The events are the latest in an ongoing series of regional meetings across the country providing an opportunity for Senior Administration Officials to engage members of the Hispanic community on a wide range of issues critical to creating an economy built to last, including the President’s “To Do List” for Congress that would create jobs and help restore middle class security. Participants in the upcoming summits will discuss topics including jobs and the economy, education, healthcare, housing and …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
A Norristown Patch reader had a question for the president. Here's the answer from the office of the POTUS.
Back in January, the White House reached out to Patch sites across the country to get questions from its users. We asked Norristown Patch readers if they had anything to ask the president and we got a few really great questions to pass along. One of the few responses chosen was from Norristown Patch reader Pat Mancuso, who asked about an issue on the minds of many Norristown residents. Pat asked: "Why does it take three additional years for a potential immigrant to be approved for a green card after they waited 10 years on the green card list, but illegal immigrants can be here in minutes?" In the video above, you can hear the response from the White House's Director of the Domestic Policy Council, Cecilia Muñoz. "The reason that the …
Friday, December 2, 2011
The Secret Service contacted Norristown Police to warn them of the threat.
According to a report from the Norristown Police Department, a Norristown man threatened to kill himself on the White House's website message board over the weekend. Police received a call shortly before 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27, from United States Secret Service agent Ryan Van Deusen. Agent Van Deusen apprised officers of a message posted to the White House website from a Norristown resident in which the resident threatened to kill himself. The message also allegedly stated the man, whose last known address is a homeless shelter in Norristown, had tried to commit suicide on three previous occasions. Reportedly, no threats were made to any government official. Norristown Police filed an involuntary commitment (commonly known as a 302 …