February 25th, 2010
07:50 AM ET
8 years ago

Health summit site already part of presidential history

(CNN) - Sixteen-fifty-one Pennsylvania Avenue isn't quite as famous as the address right across the street.

But on Thursday the four-story townhouse will be in the spotlight, as Blair House plays host to the nationally televised summit on health care with President Obama and congressional leaders.

Blair House is officially the president's guest house, operated by the State Department as the home to international dignitaries during visits to Washington. But from efforts to stop the Civil War to decisions on firing a popular general, and even a dramatic assassination attempt, the building has been the scene of historic moments that go far beyond a diplomatic hotel.

The building has stood since 1824, built as a home for the first surgeon general of the U.S. Army. But a decade later, it was bought by the politically powerful Blair family, as Francis Preston Blair became a key backer of President Andrew Jackson.

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  1. T'SAH from Virginia

    A lot of historical events are going to occur because a historical event happened on November 4, 2008 – when President Obama was elected as the first African American President.

    From that day on – the UNREST and HATERS – who do not want to accept the fact that America is changing – are trying to take that historical moment away...

    There will be more moments that are GREAT and later, when we look back at this time, the historians would realize and write that America has come a long way and CHANGED for the BETTER since President Obama was elected.... Yes We Can!!!

    February 25, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  2. southerncousin

    The producers of the Simpsons could have done a much better job of putting this together than the bumbling, stumbling White House. They should have David Copperfield the master illusionist as an opener for Obozo the magnificent who can take more money from our pockets than anyone.

    February 25, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  3. southerncousin

    Todays news, jobless rate climbs sharply and unexpectedly. Where is the president? Beating a dead horse in an dunderheaded attempt to save his "legacy." What an idiot. 2012 and the retirement of this clown cannot come soon enough. He absolutely is sucking the oxygen out of this country.

    February 25, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Blair House...is that the same residence where incoming presidents reside prior to moving into the White House? The same Blair House where incoming President Obama COULD NOT STAY with his family so he had to go to a hotel because in full knowledge that a new president would be needing it they had committed it to someone else? THAT Blair House? It can add this incident to it's list. But I might be mistaken....

    February 25, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |