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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Outback Question of the Week

Congratulations on last week's question.

But this is this week and over the past weekend there was a small dust-up about when President Elect Barak Obama and his family could move into Blair House, the official guest house for the White House.

The normal date for the new President to move to Blair House would be 15 January. The Obamas wanted to move in two weeks early to accommodate their two daughters going to their new schools beginning in January.

The question is, who was the US President temporarily living at Blair House while the White House was being renovated and was the subject of an assassination attempt by a "nationalist" or "terrorist" (your choice) group.

The supplemental question is, what did said President do upon hearing gun shots outside his window (It should remind you of a Christmas Poem)?

Regards -- Cliff


Ron Smits said...


That is just too easy. On November 1, 1950 Puerto Rican nationalists Griselio Torresola and Oscar Collazo attempted to assassinate President Truman in Blair House.

And Truman was napping and the time -- upon hearing the commotion, he jumped up from his nap and watched the ensuing gunfights (which lasted ~ 20 and 38 seconds) from his open bedroom window, until a passerby called for him to take cover.

Isn't Wikipedia great?

Anonymous said...

Hello Cliff,
I just wanted to say that all of the hostesses/servers at the Outback look forward to your question of the week and I also look forward to the many interesting conversations with you and your wife. I have learned a lot from both of you in such a short time and I hope to continue for many more Outback outings....

The New Englander said...


And what former submariner pardoned those very same terrorists in the late 1970s?!