Amanda Macias

The day the White House turned into a shitty frat party

Amanda Macias
The day the White House turned into a shitty frat party

America's seventh president, a lumbering 61-year-old Washington outsider, ascended to the highest office in the land on March 4, 1829.

Andrew Jackson campaigned against the established John Quincy Adams in 1824 and then again in 1828. 

Things got personal and nasty on both sides but Adams and his supporters threw serious shade at Jackson's wife Rachel and she ended up collapsing and dying a few days after the 1828 election.

In short, Jackson blames Adams for the death of his wife and both of these men hate each other.

So, on March 4, 1829, the recently widowed Jackson gave a soft-spoken inauguration speech and swiftly rode through the crowds en route to the White House.

The reception at 1600 Pennsylvania was open to the public and it got lit quick.

Here's what the scene was like according to the hilarious page-turner "Party Like A President" by Brian Abrams:

The public, no longer interested in the newly sworn-in president, darted for the kitchen doors with a collective bull's-eye target on waiters pushing barrels of orange punch into the reception area. 

Thirsty ruffians and scalawags, their priorities in order, shoved the waiters to one side. A few barrels tipped over in the process, spilling their contents onto White House carpets and floors. 

Thousands of dollars' worth of crystal and china were flung off serving trays, smashing in tandem with the pool of orange that was already tarnishing the White House marble.

Shards of glassware stuck to men's work boots in the State Dining Room, and imprints from their mud-caked soles stained the damask satin-covered chairs as they tried to get a better view of the new president.


The ratchet block party continued outside after White House staff transferred boozy punch bowls to the lawn in an effort to prevent further damage to America's most famous address.

Meanwhile, Jackson was unfazed by the open house incident since he was going to redecorate anyway, according to Scott Bomboy of the National Constitution Center.

The seventh president later secured $50,000 from Congress to spruce up the White House, Bomboy notes.