June 9th, 2009
06:26 PM ET
5 years ago

Summer storm uproots tree at White House

A violent thunderstorm that ripped through the nation's capital late Tuesday.
A violent thunderstorm that ripped through the nation's capital late Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A violent thunderstorm that ripped through the nation's capital late Tuesday afternoon knocked down a tree at the White House.

"It was a European Linden that was planted in 1940," said White House spokesman Bill Burton. "It is not a commemorative tree – meaning that it wasn't planted by a President to mark an occasion or individual. Tomorrow, the National Parks Service will likely grind it up into mulch to be used on the grounds."


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  1. JK Ashburn, VA

    Must be Bush's fault. Too much money spent in Iraq and not enough on White House landscaping.

    They're going to grind it to mulch? Think of the waste of power and the CO2 emissions. They should just leave it to rot if they're really eco-friendly.

    June 9, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. Zero.

    The answer my Friend is Blowing in the Wind.
    Borack Obama bends in a Breeze.

    June 9, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. Message from Heaven

    God is trying to tell us something. Are we listening?

    June 9, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  4. John G

    How dare that tree not stand proudly for our President!

    June 9, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  5. skyhawkdriver

    Just another thing the administration of bert and ernie will blame on bush and cheney and rove and limbaugh and hannitty and laura ingraham ..I guess if the tree had socialized health care this wouldn't have happened..maybe the wood can be ground up and sold to the chinese to help reduce the national debt

    June 10, 2009 06:07 am at 6:07 am |