Tuesday, September 21, 2010


President Ford and daughter Susan on the trampoline over Labor Day weekend - 1974

There is not a lot of information available about the trampoline at Camp David.  I don't know when it was first set up or whether one is still there.  I did find a newspaper story from 1967 describing a visit to Camp David by Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt and his wife in June of that year.

Mrs. Holt described President Johnson's  daughter Lynda Bird as a "fantastic girl" who spent the weekend in the swimming pool and on the trampoline.

The only other trampoline information I found was about President Ford and his daughter Susan.  They were photographed playing on the trampoline during a Labor Day weekend trip to Camp David in 1974.

According to this article, President Ford showed up at a meeting with National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft with a bruise under his eye and told him he got it while jumping on the trampoline at Camp David.

SourcesGerald R. Ford Presidential Library; The Age; History News Network

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