President Madison, in contrast to the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, shown on architect’s plans as the “Presidential Palace” but first called the “President’s House” before its 1810 official designation as the “Executive Mansion” (and later officially the “White House” under Theodore Roosevelt), was among the first to see the danger posed by the British after declaring war on them in 1812 but his demands for more troops went unheeded by Secretary of War John Armstrong. After the burning, Georgetown and District militias informed the President that they would no longer take orders from Armstrong. Madison then replaced him with future President James Monroe and sent General Andrew Jackson to New Orleans, whose exploits ensured ultimate victory in the War of 1812.
We can only pray that Barack and Michelle could somehow inherit by osmosis, from the re-built walls they occupy when not on vacation, just a thimble-full of the courage, judgment and wisdom of James and Dolley, lest we see Washington, D.C. and other points across the Fruited Plain ablaze at the hands of enemies again.
God bless America.
[Historical facts verified with reference to James Madison (2014) by Liz Cheney]
“What our forefathers with so much difficulty secured, do not basely relinquish.” – William Bradford