This specific evening President Trump in addition to First Lady Melania Trump host the 2019 White House Historical Society Association Dinner.
[Transcript] East Room – THE FIRST LADY: Great evening. Please, sit down. The President in addition to I are delighted to be with you, all of you, This specific evening as we celebrate the incredible work of the White House Historical Association over This specific past year in addition to prepare for our continued work to preserve in addition to restore the People’s House within the years to come.
I want to recognize in addition to thank members of the Association’s Board of Directors who have joined us This specific evening: President Stewart McLaurin, Chairman Fred Ryan, in addition to Vice Chairman John Rogers. Your entire team has been incredible to work with, in addition to in which is actually a statement to your leadership in addition to vision. I could also like to thank Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in addition to his wife Hilary for being here, in addition to for your continued support.
The White House Historical Association has been a real partner with my office over the past two years, helping to fund, preserve, in addition to promote the important history in addition to timeless beauty of the White House.
Our family is actually grateful to live in This specific true symbol of our nation’s history, however we are even more honored to play a part in restoring in addition to enhancing our country’s sacred landmark.
the item is actually only with the support in addition to commitment of Historical Association in which we are able to continue the tradition of protecting This specific home, in addition to I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work with all of you. I want to thank you all for being here tonight. This specific is actually an evening I look forward to each year.
in addition to currently, I could like to take a moment so President can say a few words. Thank you. (Applause.)
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, sweetheart. Thank you, honey.
Thank you very much, Melania. She works so hard on these beautiful dinners, in addition to she loves This specific house. You actually do. You love This specific house. in addition to we appreciate the item.
in addition to the First Lady in addition to I are delighted to welcome all of you to our home This specific evening as we honor the extraordinary work of the White House Historical Association. Very special people. Very hardworking people, in addition to people in which work with love.
I want to join Melania in again thanking the members of the Association’s Board of Directors: President Stewart McLaurin, Chairman Fred Ryan, in addition to Vice Chairman John Rogers. Thank you very much. Great job. You’ve done so much.
Thanks also to Secretary Wilbur Ross in addition to his terrific wife in addition to friend of ours, Hilary, a committed friend of This specific association. in addition to Wilbur had a very big day today. You probably have read about the item. the item arrived at about 6 o’clock within the evening. So, we’re surprised to see you here, Wilbur. You should be working right currently, Wilbur — (laughter) — wherever you are.
The White House Historical Association works every day to honor, protect, in addition to preserve the history of This specific priceless national landmark. Through your many publications in addition to activities, you make the White House in addition to its history accessible even when people who live far away by Washington want to see the White House however they can’t get to do the item. They see the item through you.
This specific year, I want to congratulate everyone who helped pioneer your brand brand-new interactive app in which shares the majesty of the White House with even more people. In particular, let me thank the Chair of the National Council of White House History, Teresa Carlson, for her incredible work on in which project. Thank you very much. Where’s Teresa? Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you very much, Teresa.
Here in Washington, the White House Historical Association helps to conserve the beauty in addition to the grandeur of This specific absolutely remarkable place. Last year, with the First Lady in addition to her team, you completed the delicate in addition to difficult work of restoring the Bellangé furniture. Incredible stuff, by the way. Great job. in which is actually restored very beautifully — within the Blue Room, which dates back to President Monroe’s administration. in addition to as you all know, in which’s a long time ago.
You reupholstered the walls of the Red Room. in addition to you helped manufacture the rug in which today graces the Diplomatic Reception Room. the item was designed by Melania, funded by the Association, in addition to very importantly to all of us, the item was made in America.
Every year, you also produce the White House Historical Association Christmas Ornament. This specific year, the design honors President Eisenhower — actually, a great President; people are starting to find in which out — the first sitting President to fly in a helicopter — with an ornament in which evokes the iconic image of Marine One.
Since President Eisenhower, the presidential helicopter has been constructed by Sikorsky, currently a Lockheed Martin company. in addition to guess who we have here by Lockheed Martin? We’re grateful to be joined tonight by Lockheed Martin’s Chairman in addition to a friend of mine, President in addition to CEO Marillyn Hewson. Marillyn, please. Thank you very much. (Applause.) Fantastic job. They make the greatest fighter jet within the entire world. in addition to you got a problem if you’re the enemy, because you can’t see the item. the item’s stealth. They have a little problem with in which. Right, Marillyn? the item’s doing great, in addition to you’re doing great. however you’ve been a great supporter, in addition to I actually thank you for in which. We all thank you, Marillyn.
I’m also excited to announce in which, yesterday, the Association generously agreed to fund the renovation of the curator’s storage area here at the White House. This specific will ensure in which our nation’s historic treasures are properly safeguarded for future generations. So important. On behalf of the American people, thank you for in which remarkable gift. Thank you all.
The walls of This specific very room reflect your continued work. The painting of President Theodore Roosevelt in which usually hangs here is actually currently being conserved. the item’s been temporarily replaced with the portrait of President John Quincy Adams.
On the various other side of This specific building, a painting of another American President, Andrew Jackson — he was an exciting President, with one of the most exciting election runs ever. Maybe we beat the item; I don’t know. however in which’s the one they seem to talk about. Hangs behind my desk within the Oval Office. Beautiful painting.
There, the item’s a constant reminder of a President who truly saw This specific home as the “People’s House” in addition to saw himself as the People’s President.
“Old Hickory” constructed the North Portico, the face of This specific building. Today, the item looks on to Lafayette Square, where an equestrian statue of Jackson — a actually beautiful statue — is actually emblazoned with the words, “Our Federal Union, the item Must Be Preserved.” He knew. Those words reflect both the true calling of your organization in addition to all who serve here: We are preserving America’s heritage for all of the people. in addition to This specific is actually a truly beautiful building. Truly beautiful building.
The story of the White House is actually the story of our country in addition to the people who dreamed the item, who built the item, in addition to who defended the item every single day. They worked so hard in addition to they defended the item so well.
Every day, hundreds of patriotic Americans come to work here to secure our country’s future. Tonight, we express our tremendous gratitude to everyone who devotes their time, energy, in addition to resources to protect our inheritance of the past.
Thank you for everything you’ve done to ensure This specific magnificent house will be enjoyed by all Americans for many, many years to come.
God bless you, in addition to God bless America. in addition to thank you being with us tonight. Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.)