The grounds of the White House in Washington were thrown open to the public, Oct 14, when President Dwight David Eisenhower celebrated his seventieth birthday - first United States Head of State to do so in office.
GV. White House.
SV.INT.Ike and group of Republicans round basket of 70 roses.
MV. Ike holds model of table and chair, symbol of retirement.
CU. Symbol and roses.
SCU. Greeting card.
CU. Greeting card.
CU. Roses, TILT to Ike.
CU. Ike, flanked by police chiefs, holds gold badge.
MV. Heads of U.N. delegations enter and greet Ike (SEQUENCE).
GV. Group, Ike and guests.
SV.EXT.Public behind fence in grounds.
SV. Ike shakes hands with people.
LV. Mrs. Eisenhower on balcony.
MV. Ike plants tree.
SV. Ike towards, acknowledging.
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Background: The grounds of the White House in Washington were thrown open to the public, Oct 14, when President Dwight David Eisenhower celebrated his seventieth birthday - first United States Head of State to do so in office.
President Eisenhower started the great day by receiving scores of official visitors. A group of Republicans presented him with 70 roses, each one with a tag referring to some event in the President's life. The White House police came up with a "Gold Badge" for the object of their never-ceasing attention.
Among other wellwishers were the heads of delegations recently admitted to the United Nations, including Cyprus and Nigeria. President Eisenhower posed with them for the cameras, then served his guests coffee and orange juice.
Washington's citizens also sent a delegation to hand over a gift that would be remembered for many years to come - an oak sapling which the President proceeded to plant in the grounds.
In the afternoon, the President and Mrs. Eisenhower left Washington by helicopter for Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, for a family celebration.