Presidents and umbrellas

A few photos from history:

President Dwight D. Eisenhower:

President Dwight D. Eisenhower with Indian President Rajendra Prasad, in India

Two Countries, One Umbrella – President Dwight D. Eisenhower with Indian President Rajendra Prasad, in India, December 11, 1959 (anyone have the year?)

President John F. Kennedy

Aide holds umbrella for First Lady Jacqueline and President John F. Kennedy, inaugural night, 1961.

Aide holds umbrella for First Lady Jacqueline and President John F. Kennedy, inaugural night, 1961.

President Lyndon B. Johnson

Johnson in Honololulu 1966, with umbrella

President Lyndon B. Johnson arrives for church services in Honolulu, February 6, 1966, during Vietnam negotiations. To Johnson’s immediate right, Rep. Spark Matsunaga; on Johnson’s left, a Secret Service agent. National Archives photo

President Richard M. Nixon

Nixon campaigning in the rain in Hawaii, 1960

Caption from The AtlanticWire: In 1960, Richard Nixon pledged to campaign in all 50 states. He was not even rewarded for this foolishness with nice weather in Hawaii.

My memory is that no other presidential candidate has campaigned in Hawaii since then.  Has any other candidate campaigned in Alaska?

NASA Administrator Dr. Thomas Paine holding umbrella for Nixon

Collection: NASA Great Images in Nasa Collection Title: Nixon and Paine at Apollo 12 Launch Full Description: Dr. Thomas Paine, NASA Administrator, shields First Lady, Mrs. Richard M. Nixon, from rain while the President and daughter Tricia, foreground, watch Apollo 12 prelaunch activities at the Kennedy Space Center viewing area. Following the successful liftoff, the President congratulated the launch crew from within the control center. Date: 11/14/1969 NASA photo, on Flickr

The image of Nixon in the rain was captured several times.

Nixon, staff and security, in the rain

From the AtlanticWire: Even amid his staff and security, Nixon looks like a lonely man helpless against the elements. (AP photo?)

President Gerald R. Ford

Gerald Ford in the rain

Wally McNamee photo, University of Texas Center for American History.  UPI caption for their photos:  As Betty Ford holds the umbrella, a military aide rushes forward to assist President Ford as he trips and falls on the lower steps of the plane ramp following his arrival in Salzburg, Austria on June 1, 1975. (UPI Photo/Files)

President Ronald Reagan:

President Reagan in the rain

Undated photo of First Lady Nancy and President Ronald Reagan being sheltered on an airport in an unnamed place. Image from BigotBasher.

Reagan at the White House, in the rain:

White House staff shelter President Reagan's waving.  Freakout Nation image

White House staff shelter President Reagan’s waving. Freakout Nation image

President George H. W. Bush:

G H W Bush in the rain July 1989, AtlanticWire

Barbara Bush held the umbrella for President George H. W. Bush in July 1989 (in Italy?). From The AtlanticWire.

G H W Bush in the rain, late 1989

President George H. W. Bush found himself in the rain again, in late 1989. AtlanticWire image

President Barack Obama:

Obama at Lincoln National Cemetery, Memorial Day 2010

President Barack Obama took the stage amidst a downpour at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois, on Memorial Day. He announced that the event was being canceled because of the severe weather, and he told the crowd to seek shelter, May 31, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


9 Responses to Presidents and umbrellas

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    Many national leaders struggle with umbrellas.


  2. Ed Darrell says:

    May 18, 2015, from ABC News on Facebook.

    ABC said:

    WATCH: What happens when you’re the president of the United States, it’s raining and you’re the only one with an umbrella? – via ABC News Politics


  3. […] Presidents and umbrellas ( […]


  4. jsojourner says:


    The rumor — which was never confirmed — was that when Senator Obama won the Democratic Primary, Caribou Barbie said, “Wow. So Sambo beat the b*tch”.

    I gave her the benefit of the doubt at the time and still do.

    However, her shock and outrage over this certainly seems and feels like a privileged member of a racial majority who is offended at the uppity African American being served by a white person.

    My best guess, though, is that she just reacted. Because the woman is entirely incapable of intelligent thought or comment on anything.


  5. […] This is just so odd that it merits our attention, so long as we’re talking about presidents and umbrellas. […]


  6. JamesK says:

    Dear Republicans, maybe its time for you to reconsider things if you’re reduced to trying to make a controversy out of an umbrella.


  7. […] Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub provides some old photos of presidents and umbrellas. I wonder if the right wing has finally jumped the shark…ok it has done so a long time ago […]


  8. Google says 2 horsepower dec 11 1959

    President Eisenhower visits India

    President Rajendra Prasad and President Eisenhower driving in state for the opening ceremony of the World Agriculture Fair on December 11, 1959.

    ebay copy says dec 12th but that is (presumably) publish date?

    short video of arrival?

    available at library

    Click to access Eisenhower_John_DDE_Albums.pdf

    48 Certificate from the First World Agriculture Fair, New Delhi, India, 12/11/1959
    19 Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws, University of Delhi, India, 11 December 1959

    mentioned in itinerary at 1:21
    2 1/2 week trip


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