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Strange Encounters

The ghost of Richard Nixon haunts the Corcoran Gallery of Art where the Watergate building that sealed his doom has been reimagined by painter Enoc Perez. Meanwhile on the Virginia river bank, Theodore Roosevelt welcomes birders to his namesake island near Key Bridge, and Lyndon Johnson provides a grove of trees beside the GW Parkway. Lincoln surfaces downtown in a namesake restaurant, one wall illuminated with the Emancipation Proclamation, the floor paved in 799,997 (“Lincoln head”) pennies. Franklin Roosevelt, given a multi-tableau, 24/7 memorial by the Potomac, wanted only the simple marker now outside the National Archives—a marble slab the size of his desk.

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