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By Jenny Goldsberry
A year after then First Lady Melania Trump announced the Rose Garden’s renovation, PBS historian Michael Beschloss is slamming her for “the grim result.”
Trump’s original plan included electrical upgrades, a new walkway and new flowers and shrubs. The plan also replaced crab apple trees with white rose shrubs and added new drainage systems. A new assortment of white “J.F.K.” and pale pink “peace” roses were also planted.
At the time she called the renovation an “act of expressing hope and optimism for the future.”
“Our country has seen difficult times before, but the White House and the Rose Garden have always stood as a symbol of our strength, resilience and continuity,” the First Lady said during the announcement.
However Beschloss was not happy with the results and let his opinion be known on Twitter Sunday.
“Evisceration of White House Rose Garden was completed a year ago this month,” he tweeted. “And here was the grim result—decades of American history made to disappear.”
As a result, the Office of Melania Trump responded on Twitter. They tweeted that Beschloss isn’t a “professional historian.”
“[He] has proven his ignorance by showing a picture of the Rose Garden in its infancy,” the tweet read. “The Rose Garden is graced with a healthy and colorful blossoming of roses. His misleading information is dishonorable and he should never be trusted as a professional historian.”
First to tend the garden was Ellen Axson Wilson, first wife of President Woodrow Wilson. She introduced the rose garden in 1913.
You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.
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Two Philadelphia police officers were shot near a Fourth of July event on Monday evening, leaving the mayor supporting demolishing the Second Amendment. In a grandstanding speech just outside the hospital where the two police officers were being treated for gunshot injuries, Mayor Jim Kenney spoke about his concern…for himself.
“I’m concerned every single day” said Kenney. “I’ll be happy when I’m not the mayor” he added so that he does not have to deal with gun violence. He also told the group of reporters that only police officers should be allowed to own guns.
In addition to the Second Amendment, Kenney took the opportunity to knock the Supreme Court of the United States as well. “It was a chilled back day, beautiful weather. But we live in America where we have the Second Amendment and we have the Supreme Court of the United States telling everybody they can carry a gun wherever they want,” he said.
Rather, the mayor suggests we take after our northern neighbors in Canada. “I was in Canada two weeks ago and never thought about a gun,” he said. “The only people I knew who had guns in Canada were police officers.”
“That’s the way it should be here,” Kenney stated, so that he can enjoy events. “I don’t enjoy the Fourth of July…I didn’t enjoy the Democratic National Convention. I didn’t enjoy the NFL draft. I’m waiting for something bad to happen all the time.”
“Until Americans decide that they want to give up the guns and give up the opportunity to get guns, we’re going to have this problem,” he told reporters. He then suggested he would unilaterally strip citizens of the right to own firearms — if he had the authority to do so.
“If I had the ability to take care of guns, I would,” he said. “But the legislature won’t let us. Congress won’t let us. The governor does the best he can [and] the attorney general does the best he can, but this is a gun country.”
“It’s crazy,” Kenney added. “We’re the most armed country in world history and we’re one of the least safest (sic).”
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