Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Barack Obama follows Calvin Coolidge's lead, snubs Brown Palace

A week after Snobama buried the Front Range in hype and hope, we're still shoveling out -- and just dug up this fun fact: The Brown Palace has hosted every U.S. president since Teddy Roosevelt first visited in 1905, thirteen years after the hotel opened, except for two: Calvin Coolidge and Barack Obama. When Dwight Eisenhower was president, he used the hotel as a Western White House (his wife, Mamie, was from Denver); the Brown still has an Eisenhower suite, as well as a Roosevelt suite and a Reagan suite. But don't look for an Obama suite any time soon.

When Obama stayed overnight in Denver last Tuesday, he opted for the Four Seasons, the city's newest swank hotel. And he didn't even get the presidential suite, because it was already booked.

Find additional bits of Brown history -- including its presidential tours -- here.

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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