From: Fritze, John [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, October 28, 2016 11:51 AM
To: Velz, Peter T. EOP/WHO
Subject: in-town pool #1
First, some business: We have lunch lid until 1:30 p.m.
Now, some fun:
Pool was brought into the residence at about 11 a.m. to observe Halloween decorations at the White House and several actors playing former presidents and other notable Americans. Neither the president nor first lady were present for the walk through.
We did, however, have a very believable Abraham Lincoln, as played by Fritz Klein of Springfield, Ill., posing for portraits under his actual portrait in the State Dining Room ("It's like having him here," pool overheard someone touring the White House say). Gib Young of Indiana, playing Teddy Roosevelt, greeted the pool in the Entrance Hall and informed us that "the majesty of the White House is, in good part, the responsibility of Edith Roosevelt."
Asked if he was following the current presidential election, Roosevelt demurred: "I follow every election. I promised to be on my good behavior today and not make any comments on our current situation."
Each room had a sign calling attention to some spooky point. In the State Dining Room, for instance, the sign read: "One of the most famous ghosts said to haunt the White House is President Abraham Lincoln, who many believe foretold of his own death in a dream. Since his assassination, he has become the most notorious ghost of the White House, with multiple sightings reported by Presidents Teddy Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, and Dwight D. Eisenhower, as well as by Jackie Kennedy, Winston Churchill, Susan Ford, Lady Bird Johnson, and Maureen Reagan."
General public was also touring with the pool. There were a few scattered Halloween decorations, including a large cobweb over one of the East Room fireplaces. The 18th Street Singers were performing in the East Room.
I snapped a few pictures, which I'm happy to send upon request.
Here's a list of performers:
- Teddy Roosevelt played by Gib Young (from Huntington, Indiana)
- Major Archibald Butt played by Matthew Burr (from Bellevue, Ohio)
State Dining Room
- Abraham Lincoln played by Richard Klein (from Springfield, Illinois)
- Dolley Madison played by Rebecca Roper (from Arlington, Virginia)
- Samuel Chase played by Christopher Robin (from Burke, Virginia)
- Abigail Adams played by Heather Godwin (from Washington, DC)
- 18th Street Singers (from Washington, DC)
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