The History of White House Doodles

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"President Kennedy scribbled "Vietnam" over and over, drawing a box around
the word each time.

 
President Eisenhower sketched a picture of himself looking larger than
life, bare-chested, and with a head full of hair.
 
President Reagan doodled smiling cowboys alongside love notes to his
wife.
 
Presidents Carter and Ford left no scribblings.
 
It’s not the first thing a scholar might search for in the public record,
but presidential doodles hold a certain fascination for the historically
minded.
 
"Doodles are often the last remnants of unconscious, unscripted
presidential writing," said David Greenberg, a historian who examined two
centuries of scribblings by commanders in chief for a book appropriately called
"Presidential Doodles."
 
The book includes the absentminded scratchings of 24 presidents — plus a
note from President Bush — collected from public records and archives across the
country."

The History of White House Doodles
By Jessica Yellin
ABC NEWS

Related link: "Presidential Doodles"  Book website

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