Grandfather clocks

Grandfather Clock in background, President Bush calls to Congratulate President-Elect Obama

11.12.08

Not too late into the night of November 4, 2008, and shortly after Senator John McCain conceded defeat, President George W Bush called the newly victorious Senator Barack Obama to congratulate him on his amazingly historic win and new status as President-Elect of the United States of America.  Note the integral role the White House Oval Office Grandfather Clock is playing!

President Bush and grandfather clock call President-Elect Obama on Election night offering congratulations

President Bush and grandfather clock call President-Elect Obama on Election night offering congratulations

As can be seen time and time again, whenever truly important things happen in history, grandfather clocks may be nearby.  See an actual picture below of President George W Bush calling to congratulate President-Elect Obama on his timely (and called early in the evening) victory.

What do you think are the odds that Bush was telling Obama about this GREAT new grandfather clock timepiece  he was about to have in his new Oval Office.  Well, one could always dream … or would it be a nightmare?

If that Grandfather Clock could talk, I bet it would have some mighty interesting stories to tell!  They’ve had books on many a White House dog, maybe now is the time to consider a book from the perspective of this grandfather clock.  Does it have it name?  Know the maker?  We don’t know, and have never researched the clock. It looks early American to us, and would be a fitting fixture as such in the White House.

If only clocks could talk.  This one would have MANY MANY 15 minutes of fame!

5 comments so far

[...] of time to any room in the house. And you can even see a grandfather clock in the background when President George Bush calls and congratulates President-Elect Barack Obama of Illinois. And if you can see the picture on the Grandfather Clocks Blog, you will know just how [...]

From Answer.com article on the Oval Office:
“A large case clock, commonly called a grandfather clock, built in Boston by John and Thomas Seymour, c. 1795-1805, stands in the northeast portion of the room.”

The room shown in this 2008 photo of President Bush calling President-elect Obama is NOT the Oval Office, but rather the Treaty Room, on the 2nd floor of the White House itself, which has served for some time as the private-residence office of the President. And while the tall-case clock shown is beautiful, it is NOT the one made by the Seymour brothers that is in the Oval Office, located in the West Wing.

Can anyone else out there provide any confirmation or further information on this grandfather clock pictured, and/or more specific information about both of these White House grandfather clocks?

Regarding the recently posted comment on the blog (which I added), concerning the White House photo, I found a specific reference to the space–including another picture of President Bush with that tall-case clock and the painting in the background–on p. 114 in the 2003 edition of “The Living White House,” published by the White House Historical Association. Unfortunately, there is no specific information in that resource about the tall-case clock in that room. More info about the Treaty Room can be obtained in a number of standard White House materials published by the association, and details about all the tall-case clocks in the White House can be obtained from the Curator’s Office there. Peter Byrd, Falls Church, Virginia



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