The Bush China, Off the Shelf at Last
Laura Bush is scheduled this morning to unveil a brand new set of White House table settings -- the George W. Bush State China. Now? But they have only two weeks to use it! Actually, the timing isn't unusual. Hillary Clinton didn't roll out the Clinton china -- the stuff still in use -- until late 2000; Lady Bird Johnson brought out hers in 1968, just in time for the Nixons. Takes a while to design, it seems, and not every administration gets to have its own.
First ladies from Mary Lincoln to Nancy Reagan took flak for the perceived extravagance of new china, said historian Carl Sferrazza Anthony -- but the reality is that things break: "Every 10 years or so there's a need for it," he said, "and then it becomes a legacy thing." Private foundations paid for the Clinton and Reagan china; sources said no tax dollars will go to the Bush china, either.
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January 7, 2009; 1:02 AM ET
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