If only walls could talk
Many an important moment in US politics has taken place in the seclusion of a hotel
On April 15, 1865, Vicepresident Andrew Johnson took the presidential oath of office in his room at the Kirkwood House Hotel following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
waldorf astoria, new york President Franklin D Roosevelt used to arrive via a specially designed, nowdefunct, secret train platform under the hotel at 49th Street. The wheelchair-bound president would then take a hidden lift directly to the Presidential Suite.
washington hilton, washington dc As President Ronald Reagan was leaving the hotel after delivering a speech in 1981, he was shot by mentally ill would-be assassin John Hinckley Jr but survived.
Mayflower hotel, washington dc The famous photo of President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky embracing at a 1996 campaign event was taken here, and one of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer’s resignation-inducing hook-ups with prostitutes took place in room 871 in 2008.
ritz-carlton, pentagon city On January 16, 1998, officers from the FBI questioned Monica Lewinsky in room 1012 about her alleged affair with President Bill Clinton. They pressed her to wear a wire to record conversations with the president, which Lewinsky refused to do.