The White House: A Much Jazzier Town

There was a sound of revelry by night, And Belgium's capital had gather'd then Her Beauty and her Chivalry, and bright The lamps shone o'er fair women and brave men . . . —Lord Byron

The Duchess of Richmond's celebrated ball for Wellington's officers, on the eve of Waterloo, was a mere fish fry in comparison with the goings-on nowadays at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Jack and Jackie Kennedy's talent for serving up a dazzling concoction of beauty and brains, politics and culture, shamrocks and chandeliers is enough to boggle the...

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