So what will happen if there is one of those Texas thunderstorms this Saturday, May 10, right in the middle of the Jenna Bush – Henry Hager outdoor wedding? And the answer is that they will have to go to plan B, and rush into all of those tents and get mud on their high heels.
But this has been a factor before. It was a major consideration for the last White House wedding of a presidential child, June 12, 1971. Tricia Nixon was planning a Rose Garden ceremony. In the summertime, in Washington it rains every third day. For the Nixon wedding they literally had to plan two weddings which was an enormous strain and burden on the White House staff. And it is why they tried for weeks to talk Tricia Nixon out of her Rose Garden ceremony.
The morning of the wedding there were intermittent showers. President Nixon consulted the latest Air Force weather report which anticipated a break in the clouds around 4:30 pm. The White House permanent staff said that Tricia Nixon had nerves of steel. She kept to plan A. The break in the clouds came as predicted, the sun appeared, the plastic coverings were removed from the chairs and the only White House Rose Garden wedding in American history unfolded without a hitch.
Let’s hope that kind of luck holds out this Saturday.
Doug Wead is the author of The New York Times bestseller, All the Presidents’ Children. He is a former advisor to two presidents and a Newsmax contributor. See www.whitehouseweddings.com