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Source: Cleveland Press
Source type: newspaper
Document type: poem
Document title: “Babies in the White House”
Author(s): Cooke, Edmund Vance
City of publication: Cleveland, Ohio
Date of publication: 25 September 1901
Volume number: none
Issue number: 7258
Pagination: 1

Cooke, Edmund Vance. “Babies in the White House.” Cleveland Press 25 Sept. 1901 n7258: p. 1.
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Roosevelt family (poetry); White House (poetry); Theodore Roosevelt (poetry).
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The poem accompanies an editorial cartoon based on the same theme.


Babies in the White House

Children in the White House, half a dozen sizes,
     Cooing and a-crowing,
     Half-grown and growing:—
Who wouldn’t be a president for such a set of prizes?

Blessings on the little tots, little tots and larger;
     Bubbling and a-babbling,
     Gamboling and gabbling;—
Little rough riders with a papa’s knee a charger.

Children in the White House, never still a minute.
     Old room and new room,
     Red room and blue room;—
But how can any room be blue that has a baby in it?

Over all the White House, let them romp and run,
     Largest room and least room,
     Green room and east room;—
Every room’s an east room that has a rising son.

Blessings on the White House, and twenty million more.
     To make a home a White House,
     A sunny, white and bright house,
There’s nothing else the equal of a baby on the floor.

A goodly house the White House, but who would think it strange
     Not a cottage resident
     Would take it from the President
And swap his little cottage-full of babies in the change.



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