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Hello, My Name is Resolute
"I overheard the President on the phone chatting with a reporter who is planning a story about the Presidential desk. That's me! This is so exciting! I'm trying to remember some of the important bits, can you help?"
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
I actually didn't start out as a desk, you know. One of my first memories seems to be when I was still a ship, the HMS Resolute. I traveled with four other ships in 1850 to try to help find Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin. After returning to England for provisions, a new fleet and new commander set out to search again. I just can't remember why I was abandoned, can you?
trapped in ice
It felt like I drifted around for years, but I was finally found and sailed to America in 1855. Britain waived all claims to me, so now I was the property of the Americans. Relations weren't so good then between America and Britain, so the Congress and President decided to fix me up and present me as a gift back to Britain. Which President was in office?
Well now, I was put back into service for the Royal Navy and I performed happily until it was decided that I would be decommissioned in 1879. I was broken to pieces, but I survived when Queen Victoria requested that some desks be fashioned from the ship's wood. I was formed into a partner's desk with many fine carving details and then re-gifted to America. Which American President was I given to in 1880?
Chester A. Arthur
Ulysses S. Grant
Rutherford B. Hayes
James A. Garfield
President Franklin D. Roosevelt liked using my large surface area to work on. However, what modification he did request?
What with Presidents moving in and out and re-decorations and redesigns, sometimes it feels like I've stayed in every room of the White House. Which President, also the first to be broadcast in color, had me moved to the broadcast room?
Dwight D. Eisenhower
William Howard Taft
Harry S. Truman
Lyndon B. Johnson
Jackie Kennedy found me under a green cloth in the White House broadcast room. She had me restored (oh, the gloss!) and I was installed in the Oval Office for President John F. Kennedy to use every day. In October 1963, President Kennedy invited a photographer to snap pictures of himself with his son, John Jr., while he was working. The most famous of these was one with President Kennedy reading while John Jr. opened the kneehole door. Can you remember the photographer's name?
Alan Stanley Tretick
I remember when President Lyndon B. Johnson first came in the office and sat in the chair here. But, I can't remember why he didn't keep me in this lovely Oval Office, can you?
didn't want to be associated with Kennedy
the desk was too large
desk needed refurbishment
the desk was too small
A second modification was requested by President Ronald Reagan. I know nothing ever stays the same, but yeesh! What change did President Reagan request?
paint it white
stain a lighter color
raise the desk two inches
In 2007 a film was released in which one of my doppelgangers played a significant role. The star of the movie, Nicholas Cage (Ben Gates), was trying to prove that this great-great-grandfather was not involved in the assassination of Lincoln. He didn't find what he was looking for in the hidden compartment, but did at least find a clue which helped him. Will you help me remember which movie?
National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Somebody published a picture of me on the internet! In the picture, the President is sitting back in his chair with his feet propped on top. Which of these Presidents has NOT had a picture taken with his feet on my table top?
Ulysses S. Grant
George W. Bush
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Compiled Jun 28 12