In what could be considered one of the pettiest moves in the history of American politics the left is literally trying to “Root Out” every trace of the Trump administration from the White House. A new Change.org petittion is calling for Jill Biden and Doug Emhoff to spearhead a project, reversing all changes First Lady Melania Trump made to the White House Rose Garden. The pettition now has over 64,992 signatures.
If the White House’s We The People petition system was still online its’ threshold to recieve a White House official response would have been 100,000 signatures in 30 days. As this is a Change.org petition the White House is under no compulsion to respond.
The Change.org petittion reads,
“In 1961 President and Mrs. Kennedy had just returned from a state visit to France, followed by stops in England and Austria. The President had noted that the White House had no garden equal in quality or attractiveness to the gardens that he had seen and in which he had been entertained in Europe. There he had recognized the importance of gardens surrounding an official residence and their appeal to the sensibilities of all people.
To honor Jacqueline Kennedy’s contributions to the White House and its grounds, her immediate successor, First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, renamed the East Garden as the “Jacqueline Kennedy Garden” during a ceremony on 22 April 1965.
In 2019, Melania Trump had the cherry trees, a gift from Japan, removed as well as the rest of the foliage and replaced with a boring tribute to herself. Jackie’s legacy was ripped away from Americans who remembered all that the Kennedy’s meant to us. We want Jill Biden and Doug Emhoff to take this on and restore the Rose Garden to Jackie’s original design.”
The Petition’s Root Complaint…. Is FALSE
If they just didn’t like the new look, they should’ve just said so…
The petitioner is neither an expert in history or botony it appears, because the trees removed from the Rose Garden were NOT the historically relevant Cherry trees donated by the City of Tokyo or those later donated by the post-war government of Japan, those were planted in many areas of Washington, DC including the Tidal basin, several streets and several on the White House grounds but NONE in the Rose Garden. (Source: National Park Service: The History of the Cherry Trees)
The trees removed were Crabapple trees of which several were planted on the grounds and in the Garden by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, those particular trees were transplanted elsewhere on the grounds LIVE and have continued to grow since. And this was WIDELY reported back in August 2020! *(People have short memories)
“The AP reports, the crabapple trees will be planted elsewhere on the White House property, while the current first lady opted mostly for pastel flower beds that appeared much less colorful than the plants her project replaced, according to before and after pictures online — though it’s not clear whether the new flowers are in bloom.”
Michael Beschloss of NBC tweeted before and after shots that don’t quite show the whole story.
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) August 22, 2020
First Lady Melania Trump’s archived twitter however, had much better shots showing the beauty of the improved Rose Garden which the White House clarified “the changes were to return the garden more to its original 1962 design under Kennedy.”
— Melania Trump 45 Archived (@FLOTUS45) August 22, 2020
Almost Every Presidency has seen Changes to the Garden
Architectural Digest puts the notion that the garden has remained basically the same since Jackie O. designed it straight to bed.
Architectural Digest wrote,
“The Rose Garden as the world has long known it is a bit of a creative sham, sort of like the White House itself, of which little historic interior fabric remained after President Harry S. Truman gutted the place. Hand-wringers might be interested to know that Mellon’s original crab apples, a 1928 pale-pink variety called Katherine, disappeared for good in 2003, when, having grown too large, they were replaced with younger examples. Those were replaced in 2010 and again in 2019, when Katherine was superseded by Spring Snow, a Canadian white-flowering variety that dates to 1963. The latter trees, which didn’t thrive, are reportedly being relocated elsewhere on the White House property.”
There have been literally DOZENS of changes made over the years without so much as a peep from the press or the hand-wringing lefties. Here’ s what they hate: A TRUMP DID IT.