With four million people crowded into D.C.Â for today’s inauguration, open house at the White House is out of the question — but it wasn’t always. SF Chronicle summarizes highlights from inaugurations past, including Andrew Jackson’s 1829 public melee’ :
1829: Andrew Jackson, “the People’s President,” holds an open house. About 20,000 people trample mud and horse manure into the White House, destroy rugs, break satin-covered chairs, smash crystal and china, and spill liquor. Fights break out, women faint and Jackson has to escape through a window. Order is restored when barrels of whiskey are placed on the South Lawn, drawing the crowd outside.
I bet barrels of free gubmint whiskey would still be effective as a crowd control technique. And more fun than rubber bullets.
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Uncle Sugarâ€™s whisky, when free, is usually used as a chemical weapon on Indian reservationsâ€¦but do you know what started the melee at the White House?
A huge wheel of cheese in the lobby. Perhaps we, as Americans, should be using the â€œcheese and whisky approachâ€, as opposed to the old English â€œcarrot and stickâ€.
Did the Chief Justice flub the Obama swearing-in on purpose?
I’m not much of a drinker. But if the gov’t wants to use, oh I dunno…Salma Hayek to lure me somewhere, then I’m all for it ;)