October 13, 2003

Presidential Fun Fact of the Day

Mamie Doud Eisenhower.

The Eisenhower White House was one of the most social ever. One occasion in particular was quite a sensation...it was a wedding.

In 1959 in the East Room, the Marine Band struck up the Wedding March. A veiled bride in her wedding dress appeared, carrying a bouquet. She stood next to her groom and they repeated their vows. Guests were so moved that sobbing was heard.

The bride and groom? Mamie and Ike Eisenhower, renewing their vows on their 43rd wedding anniversary.

(By the way, Mamie was born in Boone, Iowa.)

Posted by Jennifer at October 13, 2003 08:04 AM


My mother always talks about "Mamie Eisenhower bangs," which, of course, I've never seen. Can you dig up a picture?


Posted by: hln at October 13, 2003 09:32 AM

Got it fixed! Thanks for the linkage!

Posted by: Adam at October 13, 2003 01:42 PM

You can see a picture at her White House page.

Posted by: Jennifer at October 13, 2003 04:40 PM