The idea for my book “Fingerprints on the Table” came from a page one Associated Press article way back in 1998. President Bill Clinton explained they were signing a peace agreement on a table that was used for historic occasions beginning with the Peace Accord ending the Spanish-American War in 1898.
That one paragraph caught my attention. I wanted to know more about the table. Fifteen years later, after researching, writing and rewriting and a few rejections. My book was published in 2013 by the White House Historical Assn.
Over those years, I had seen many pictures of table always most often with one of the presidents who signed peace treaties on it including William McKinley, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton.
And while a table with its history will never be old news, it was back in the news earlier this month…July 3…in the New York Times. Under the headline, Obama at Night: 7 Almonds and Precious Solitude is the photo of President Obama at the table in the Treaty Room.
Think of it. President Grant bought the table for his Cabinet in 1869. Today, 147 years later, President Obama sits at table reading letters in late night peace and quite. The strength, continuity and history of our great country.