Tricia Nixon, of course, had the last White House wedding. There was some speculation about whether she would be invited to this wedding? What was that all about?
Maria (pronounced Ma-rye-a in the Welsh tradition) Monroe was the first child of a president to be married in the White House and 22 years later she attended the next one, Elizabeth Tyler, who 32 years later attended the next one, Nellie Grant, who again, exactly 32 years later attended the next one, Alice Roosevelt, who skipped the Johnsons, who were bogged down with an unpopular Vietnam War and 65 years later attended the next one, Tricia Nixon. So the question was this…. will Tricia Nixon, who was married 37 years ago in the White House Rose Garden, be invited to the Jenna Bush wedding in Crawford?
And the answer will probably be no. Frankly, I think if she were invited it would be so out of character for this wedding that it would steal the show. So I don’t expect to see her and Ed Cox wandering around Crawford but, of course, the historians would love it.
Are there any other traditions likely to be broken by this marriage?
Well, Alice Roosevelt began a tradition of sorts. There was no knife to cut the cake and so she grabbed a sword from one of the president’s military aides and cut her wedding cake with a sword and that became a tradition that was followed by many brides. I will be surprised if that happens at Jenna’s wedding.