Children in the White House

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Children in the White House

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Jan 7, 2009, 1:06 pm

Check out this week's photo gallery from Time on children who lived in the White House:,29307,1869753,00.html?xid=feed-netzero-f...

Editado: Jan 8, 2009, 1:15 am

Well since this is for children in or of the White House, it might be interesting to look at the books written by those children.

I know Jenna Bush wrote Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope which I really liked--very well written.

Julie Nixon Eisenhower has written several, including a biography of her mother. The White House Gardens: A History and Pictorial Record was written by her sister, Patricia Nixon.

Margaret Truman's mystery stories are among my favorites. Susan Ford has written two mysteries.

Patti Davis (daughter of Reagan) has written numerous books. Her brother Ron Reagan Jr. also wrote a book.

Other First Children authors include Caroline Kennedy, Elliott Roosevelt, Doro Bush Koch who wrote My Father: My president. George W. Bush may have been a president, but he was also the child of a president. LT lists numerous works attributed to Bush 43.

P2's link identifies Jesse Grant as an author; Alice Roosevelt Longworth wrote more than one, and I'm sure there are several more I've missed. Post away if there are any others.

Jan 8, 2009, 11:42 am

Robert Taft wrote several, as I believe did Lincoln's eldest son and John Quincy Adams, another son of a president who became a president. I don't believe you'll find too many others, but it's a fun thought.

Jan 30, 2009, 10:04 am

Doug Wead's book, mentioned in another thread, is a good book on the President's children. The impact of growing up/or being a grown man/woman when your parent becomes President. The focus and pressure of being a child of a President. All the Presidents' Children: Triumph and Tragedy in the Lives of America's First Families

Jan 30, 2009, 3:05 pm

Truman had a section on (I suppose that could be a common way to start at sentence about that book) Margaret Truman's singing career and went into detail about some of her public performances and the reviews she received - and Truman's reaction.

Team Of Rivals and Lincoln's Melancholy touched on Lincoln's children and their effect on him.

While not taking place during the white house years, TR's expedition in South American as told by River of Doubt included his son Kermit, who had a sad later life.

Abr 23, 2009, 1:18 pm

Perhaps OT since this is not about direct presidential children in the White House, but it is about a descendent of TR.

There was an article republished in Wildebeest in a rainstorm entitled 'Bad Blood' about the making of a documentary/movie that was supposed to have TR IV and his son in it. The movie was directed by the same guy as 'Pumping Iron' - of Arnold Shwartzenegger fame - financed by some wealthy gun collectors to promote hunting, to be filmed in Africa while on safari. TR IV initially agreed to be in the film, and even shot a lion on camera, but later reneged and wanted himself and his son removed from the footage. According to the director, TR IV was a pain to work with, which ruined their friendship (which is how TR IV was going to be in this movie in the first place).

Ago 10, 2010, 12:34 pm

#2 above: Elliot Roosevelt, I believe, also wrote a bunch of mysteries.
I have read All The Presidents’ Children by Doug Wead.
Doug Wead was Special Assistant to President George H. W. Bush and, as the machinery for transition of Executive power from President Reagan was starting to turn, he considered George W. to be his “Boss”. In response to George W.’s rhetorical question: “So what happens now?”, he asked: “Want me to do a paper on Presidential children?” Within days of completing a 44-page report, it was filed away and never intended to be seen again – but – what he had found was haunting.
That was 1988 and, after George W. was inaugurated, this book was massaged into shape for publication in 2003. It is a study of American family dynamics as they are impacted by the expectations of the American public. It is a dark picture that doesn’t really brighten as Mr. Wead shines his light on the stories. It is kind of scary that there were so many self-destructive people among these children: alcoholics, divorcees, spendthrifts, and accident victims. But, there were some resounding successes as well.
The book is not presented in a chronological order but as a group of chapters under subject headings such as: The Curse of the Heirs Apparent, Daughters Seeking Father’s approval, Unfulfilled Promises, Suffer the Little Children, The Search for Identity, Resilient Women, Daughters of Courage, Triumphant Sons, Men of Valor, White House Weddings, In the Name of the Father and Where Have You Gone Amy Carter? The Appendices are useful. There are some photographs.
As I read, I despaired for the parents as much as for the offspring. But then I thought about my own five and their kids; two divorces, three in severe financial disarray, one bi-polar, one schizophrenic, one with Asbergers, one dead from cancer, one with severe gall stones, one family of four that seems completely normal.
Let him that is without sin cast the first stone.

Out 25, 2010, 11:30 am

They were both once children in the White House, David & Julie Nixon Eisenhower have written a memoir called Going Home to Glory.