Mark W. Medley
Michele Obama, America's current first lady recently spoke about hearing strange noises in the hallway outside their bedroom, awakening both the President and his wife. The haunting of another first family in their official residence, has now been confirmed by another first couple. What are the ghostly goings on in the White House?
The White House over the years has always had its ghostly legends, especially the legend of Abraham Lincoln himself who throughout history has been seen by numerous residents, including none other than Winston Churchill himself.
After staying in the White House one night during the Second World War. Churchill had retired to take a hot bath, and sip a brandy before retiring to bed. He left the bathroom, walking naked, a cigar in his mouth, into his bedroom. To his surprise, he saw Abraham Lincoln himself standing warming himself by the fire. Being Churchill he just remarked, "Good evening, Mr. President. You seem to have me at a disadvantage." Lincoln left with a smile.
A succession of Presidents, first ladies and their children have all claimed to see the ghost of Abraham Lincoln, including President Truman, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Maureen Reagan, the daughter of President Reagan. He often appears in his old bedroom, the hallway and was even seen gazing out of the window, in bleak contemplation.
The Lincoln ghost is the most famous of several ghosts reported to haunt the White House. Andrew Jackson is said to haunt the Rose bedroom. Often visitors and staff have heard him swearing and laughing, including several VIP guests of the President, who often stay in the Rose Bedroom.
One sinister story of the White house lays in its basement. Washington's, "Demon Cat," is said to remain a room aptly named in the "crypt." The Cat only appears as a warning to some natural disaster, and was seen first as a kitten, and grows into a large black cat -the night before the great Wall Street crash, and JFK Kennedy's assassination.
The Obama family are not the only residents who have experienced ghostly goings on in the White House, and probably will not be the last. But one wonders about the mystery of Abraham Lincoln, still lurking in bleak solitude in the corridors, and bedrooms of the White House. And how our leaders readily confirm one of the most famous homes in Washington is haunted.
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