2011 Official White House Ornament
The 2011 White House Christmas ornament honors the administration of Theodore Roosevelt, the twenty-sixth president of the United States. Roosevelt took office on September 14, 1901, upon the death of President William McKinley, who had been shot by an assassin eight days earlier. Sworn in at the age of 42, TR was the youngest president in the nation's history. He brought vigor and power to the office as he led Congress and the American public toward progressive reforms and a place on the world stage. In one of his earliest acts as president, he issued an executive order establishing, The White House as the official name of the presidential residence previously referred to formally as either the President's House or the Executive Mansion. The 2011 ornament reflects the excitement that President Roosevelt, his wife Edith, and their lively young family brought to life at the White House. There had been no children living in the White House in the years since the departure of President Grover Cleveland and his family in March 1897. But with the arrival of the Roosevelts, six children would call the White House home: Alice (17, TR's daughter by his first marriage); Theodore Jr. (14); Kermit (12); Ethel (10); Archibald (7); and Quentin (4). The front face of the ornament is a color illustration derived from a political cartoon drawn by William A. Rogers in 1901. Capturing the anticipation associated with the family's first White House Christmas, a jolly Santa Claus crosses the snow covered North Lawn carrying a large bag of toys over his shoulder and announces, I hear that there are some kids in the White House this year.