One day last October one of Washington's oldest merchants who has done business on the same spot for 28 years proudly issued a press release. The spot: intersection of Pennsylvania and East Executive Avenues, northeast corner of the White House grounds. The merchant: Nicholas Stephanos Vasilakos, proprietor of a peanut stand. The Press release, written in pencil on an empty popcorn bag: "Was certainly a great pleasure for me to wait on a new customer today at noon. The First Lady of the Land stopped by my stand and purchased a bag...

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