Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Nancy Clarke, Chief White House Florist, to retire

The Hostess stares deeply into every White House photo searching for the ever-present floral arrangement. The woman behind them, Nancy Clarke, is retiring and the flowers were nice. Kind of the way they are in a funeral home; fine because you're not expecting to be too jazzed about them. But I would say, that to call recent arrangements (albiet the few we get to see) "modern" and "edgier" since the Obama's arrived is to ride the nonsense train into retirement. And another thing, the florist who was dusted off to comment for the WSJ article would do well to keep in mind that while the White House is a period structure, it belongs to all and it would occasionally do well to nod to those of more modern tastes.

Read it here at the Wall Street Journal.


An Aesthete's Lament said...
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An Aesthete's Lament said...

(Cough, cough, clearing of throat, stepping to the podium) ... I think the Obamas' reported preference in flowers seems a bit, well, stiff and uninspired, rather middlingly hotel-like, if the descriptions in the WSJ article are accurate. (Thank God, they have a flaw!) Not that I'm a huge fan of Mrs Clarke's work either. Where is Constance Spry when you need her? Ah, yes, underground. Dammit. [I deleted the previous comment because I misspelled a word.]