This is the main Blair House bedroom and is used exclusively for world leaders, presidents-elect, and the spouses of former presidents during state funerals.
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This room adjoins the Principal Suite Bedroom.
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This is the first drawing room visitors encounter when they enter Blair House. Former presidents Harry Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower may have patched up their differences here after President John F. Kennedy's funeral.
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The library is used by presidents-elect to practice their inaugural speeches. The library is part of the Principal Suite and is also used for dining and meetings. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip had breakfast in this room during their visit. The library features books on American history and literature.
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Francis Preston Blair, acting on behalf of President Abraham Lincoln, offered command of the federal forces to Col. Robert E. Lee in this room at the outbreak of the Civil War. Lee declined the offer.
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President Harry Truman used this Lee House front parlor as his office during the lengthy White House renovation.
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Mamie Eisenhower dedicated this room in 1971 to her late husband. The room features a lake sunset and rural scene painted by former President Eisenhower. Today it is a sitting room and part of the Principal Suite.
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President Harry Truman held some cabinet meetings here during his occupancy of Blair House. The Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan were formulated here, and the decision to commit American troops to Korea was made here. It is believed that President Truman was in this room when he decided to fire Gen. Douglas MacArthur.
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This is one of four dining rooms in the Blair House complex.
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Larger meetings are held in this room. It was here that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip met privately with State Department and Blair House staff to thank them for their hospitality.
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Visitors are officially welcomed in this room. The vice-president and secretary of state meet with foreign leaders here, and official photographs are taken in this room.
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President Harry Truman used this dining room during the 1948-1952 White House restoration, and held dinners here to honor Dwight D. Eisenhower, Winston Churchill and Princess Elizabeth.
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Chief of Protocol Ambassador Nancy Brinker explains how invitations to Blair House are issued, and she discusses the dual roles of diplomacy and hospitality, the maintainence of the historic structure, and key moments in Blair House history.
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Deputy Chief of Protocol Raymond P. Martinez talks about the role of protocol in foreign policy and the use of Blair House as a diplomatic tool. He also recounts a private audience with Queen Elizabeth during her stay at Blair House.
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Blair House Curator Candace Shireman details Francis Preston Blair's political influence from the Andrew Jackson years through the administration of Abraham Lincoln, the Blair family's prominence in official Washington, the need to acquire a presidential guest house during World War II, and President Harry Truman's occupancy of Blair House.
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Selwa "Lucky" Roosevelt, the Reagan era Chief of Protocol, discusses the extensive 1980s restoration of Blair House, the evolution of the Blair House Restoration Fund, and the philosophy behind creating a guest house for world leaders.
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Jon Meacham, author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, describes the political relationship between Francis Preston Blair and President Andrew Jackson.
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Laura Blair Marvel is the last living member of the Blair family to have lived in the house. She recalls how, as a very young girl, she came to live at Blair House, what the household was like under her uncle, Gist Blair, and visits to the house by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
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Blair House Executive Chef Ian Knox discusses how menus are determined for visiting officials, his duties at the house, and how he came to be the Blair House chef.
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