With the Inauguration this past week, I thought it would be fun to focus a Saturday Snapshot on past presidents, using photos from my trip to Washington D.C. I didn’t get pictures of any living presidents, but there were lots of good statues!
The Lincoln Memorial was the one I most wanted to see, maybe because it shows up the most often in books and movies–and I have this thing about visiting places I’ve read about. It’s a beautiful monument and, as the inscription says, it feels very much like a temple, despite its essentially secular nature.
Jefferson is another one with a temple, that beautiful round marble space, and with such a hushed, reverent…well, temple feel. I’ve been meaning to read a biography of Jefferson ever since I visited…eventually I’ll get on that.
There’s an outdoor monument for Roosevelt. I love that he’s shone with his “little dog, Fala.” Thanks to YouTube, you can see a wonderfully funny speech Roosevelt gave about Fala.
And speaking of funny, I am probably far too amused by this Roman-style, shirtless George Washington in the Smithsonian. I just have this general impression that in life, no one saw Washington shirtless, except for Martha–maybe!
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