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At home in the White House

Extracts from memoirs and diaries, chosen by Ian Irvine
The President’s House by George Munger, 1814-15
VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

On 1st November 1800, John Adams, the second President of the United States, took up residence in the still unfinished White House. Although his salary was $25,000 a year, all state entertainments and the like were the president’s financial responsibility, as were the servants and administrative staff. Many early presidents left office out of pocket. His wife Abigail wrote:

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In Prospect’s October issue: Andrew Adonis, Steve Richards, Gaby Hinsliff, Rachel Sylvester and Jennifer Williams look at the idea that leadership is the only thing that matters when it comes to elections. Adonis leads the cover package arguing exactly that point and outlining his ratings of the leaders who have competed every election in the UK and the United States since 1944—Richards offers a rebuttal. Hinsliff, Sylvester and Williams profile three potential leaders in waiting—Amber Rudd, Jo Swinson and Angela Rayner. Elsewhere in the issue we map out the potential road the UK might travel down to stay in the European Union and explore the relationship between UN Secretary General António Guterres and Donald Trump as the two prepare to meet at the UN. Also in this issue: Philip Collins on the similarities between Britain’s Brexiteers and the Gaullists of yesteryear, John Bercow explains how parliament could function better and our “View from” comes from Nairobi, where the recent election result has been annulled.
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