Presidential Vacations in Florida

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Abe Lincoln did not split rails in Tampa, and George Washington’s cherry tree might not have been cut in Miami-Dade, but in Key West, the famous Harry S. Truman sign—”The Buck Stops Here”—still resides on the former president’s Florida White House desk. A few hours north is the Kennedy bunker, complete with the presidential seal painted on the concrete floor just in case the Soviets started a nuclear war while Kennedy was vacationing in Palm Beach. Florida may not have a presidential homestead, but it contains the Disney resort where an embattled Richard Nixon exclaimed “I am not a crook” and the fishing hole where Chester A. Arthur discovered that he would not live to see a second term. It is the place where presidents have come to escape and let down their guards. For generations, the Sunshine State has turned commanders in chief into relaxed tourists, allowing them to juggle the formal functions of the office while reconnecting with their private lives. Illustrated with rare and candid photographs, Presidential Vacations in Florida is a book for any lover of the American presidency.
ISBN: 9781467106290
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Florida
Series: Images of America
Images: 195
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Robert Buccellato is a noted historian and author of Florida Governors: Lasting Legacies and Jimmy Carter in Plains: The Presidential Hometown. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife, Stephanie, and their sons Croston and Noah.
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