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Lawrence Knutson talks about presidential vacations and retreats. Remarks taken from his book Escaping the Gilded Cage: An Illustrated History of Presidential Vacations and Retreats


Lawrence L. Knutson is a journalist who retired in 2003 after a 37-year career with the Associated Press, where he covered Congress, the State Department, presidential campaigns, and presidents ranging from Lyndon B. Johnson to George W. Bush. He is currently working on an illustrated history of presidential vacations and retreats for the White House Historical Association.


President Truman pictured with members of the press in Key West c. 1950.

President Truman pictured with members of the press (from left) Harry Walsh, Alfonso Muto, Charles Portz, M.H. Posey, and Harvey George in Key West c. 1950. Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum and Library.