Thursday, August 28, 2014

Photos from the LBJ Library

The LBJ Presidential Library has a nice collection of photos taken at Camp David during President Johnson's term in office. There is also a text-searchable collection of his Daily Diaries. Below are the Camp David photos and their corresponding diary entries.

June 17, 1967 - Informal State Visit of Prime Minister and Mrs. Harold Holt of Australia

View the President's Daily Diary for these photos (starting on page 6)

View looking into Aspen Lodge - guests at the dinner table

Aspen Lodge exterior

President Lyndon B. Johnson, Prime Minister Harold Holt, and others talk informally inside Aspen Lodge

President Johnson, Prime Minister Holt and guests outside on the Aspen terrace

President Johnson and guests relax around the pool

April 9, 1968 - President Johnson meets with advisors at Camp David

View the President's Daily Diary for these photos

Amb. Ellsworth Bunker, Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson, Amb. Averell Harriman, Press Secy. George Christian outside Aspen

President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Amb. Ellsworth Bunker, Secy. Clark Clifford, Secy. Dean Rusk, Gen. Earl Wheeler, William Bundy, Walt Rostow, George Christian, Jim Jones, and Averell Harriman

Amb. Ellsworth Bunker, Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson, Amb. Averell Harriman near the Aspen pond

President Lyndon B. Johnson in conversation with Amb. Ellsworth Bunker

Source:  LBJ Presidential Library  (Photos credit: LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Good Will Hunting Screening at Camp David in 1998

Group shot of the participants at the screening of "Good Will Hunting" (Courtesy; William J. Clinton Presidential Library)

In January 1998, President Clinton invited a couple dozen people to Camp David for a weekend screening of the movie "Good Will Hunting". The guest list included film actors Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, and Minnie Driver; along with film director Gus Van Sant and producer Lawrence Bender.

Other guests included  National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, Senator Tom Daschle, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; Clinton friends Terry and  Dorothy McAuliffe; Harvey Weinstein (Miramax); and actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

The weekend included a tour of the presidential retreat; watching the NFL football playoffs on a big-screen TV in Laurel Lodge;  a formal five-course dinner also in Laurel; the Good Will Hunting screening in the movie theater in Hickory Lodge; and some late-night bowling.

President Clinton speaks with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon in Laurel Lodge (Courtesy; William J. Clinton Presidential Library)

President Clinton watching football with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in Laurel  (Courtesy; William J. Clinton Presidential Library)

Gwyneth Paltrow poses with Clinton's dog Buddy at Camp David  (Courtesy; William J. Clinton Presidential Library)

President Clinton and Madeleine Albright practice bowling  (Courtesy; William J. Clinton Presidential Library)

(Courtesy; William J. Clinton Presidential Library)

William J. Clinton Presidential Library
What A Party! by Terry McAuliffe
University of Maine Alumni Profiles - Lawrence Bender
London Evening Standard

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

New Construction at Camp David

One way to find out about new construction at Camp David is to study the satellite photos published periodically by Google and Bing. Google Maps has recently been updated to use satellite imagery from 5/25/2013. It previously displayed image data from 2/28/2007.

After looking over the updated imagery, I found the following changes below to be the most interesting.

There appears to be a new building next to the Witch Hazel cabin

A roof was added above the staff pool and a small building (changing room/showers?) was added on the left

The hangar building was enlarged and a pond was added

The area behind the skeet range has been modified

This unknown building located southeast of the staff pool has been modified

A small structure was added near the cluster of buildings located near the back gate

It looks like a building might have been added near the Laurel Lodge

Related page: Camp David Maps

Source: Google maps