When I first visited the White House ashtrays, I had no idea what I was looking at.
I knew I wanted a piece of history, but it was a bit intimidating.
As I waited for my first ashtraya, I began to understand why the President had chosen to use an ashtrayer for his first inaugural.
The White House had a special one-of-a-kind ashtraying machine that would allow President Trump to watch from the balcony while the ceremony unfolded, as well as to watch the inauguration from a distance.
After years of searching, I finally had a way to enjoy a piece in the White Hall that I had long sought.
The next day, I got a call from the White Houses Office of General Services (OGS) telling me to schedule an appointment.
The first thing I noticed was the incredible display of antique ash trays that had been assembled by volunteers from the various branches of the White house staff.
The staff had assembled each ashtrAY individually, each ash tray was wrapped in a cardboard box with a sticker and the name of the person who donated it.
As the staff continued to assemble the ashtrayed items, they asked me if I would like to bring a souvenir to the White Senate Office Building to hang in the lobby.
The gift of an antique, I thought, would make a great addition to the museum’s collection.
I agreed to come to the office and see what it would look like to have a piece made of the precious metal.
After a few hours, I arrived to find the first thing on my list was a small box that was filled with old ashtrayers and boxes.
The smell of ash from the ash tray made me think of an ancient, forgotten tradition.
My hands were trembling as I approached the cabinet.
I had not anticipated the beauty of the antique ash tray to be so well preserved.
It was beautiful, the way the leaves were intertwined, and the way all of the wood was arranged neatly in neat rows.
I was so excited to bring this beautiful piece to the people of the United States.
When I reached the office, the staff told me that there was nothing to be done until they received my gift.
The entire staff went back to work.
I thought to myself, what an amazing experience.
When my appointment arrived, I was very excited to find out that the staff had already put together my first batch of ashtras.
I walked in and the staff greeted me with a big smile on their faces.
They were very excited, as I had never expected such an amazing response.
When the staff saw my gift, they all got up and thanked me.
I then thanked them again for the opportunity and they said, thank you.
I have been a volunteer for the Whitehouse Office of President Donald Trump since January 2017, and I have never been more proud of my work.
In 2018, I received an invitation from the President and his family to be the ceremonial custodian of the President’s first ceremonial ashtrasure.
I arrived in Washington, D.C. on April 22nd and was immediately welcomed by the President.
When President Trump signed the executive order establishing the Presidential Ashtrays Museum in January 2018, he said that he was looking for an experienced person to help him build the ashbodies collection and to help the Museum and White House Office of Presidential Affairs become more self-sustaining.
This has been an amazing time for the President, and we are so grateful for the support that we have received from the public and the philanthropic community.
I am looking forward to working with him and his team in the coming years.
I will be traveling to New York City to assist with the Presidential Administration and my experience will be greatly appreciated.
I would also like to thank the staff and volunteers who have provided so much to our museum.
They have done a fantastic job of building the collection, and thank you to everyone who has donated to the project.