Watch First Lady Bess Truman Be Thwarted in Her Attempt to Christen an Airplane

Michelle Obama taking three tries to break a champagne bottle on the nose of a submarine is charming and weirdly mesmerizing. But she isn’t the first First Lady to struggle a little with the old christening rigamarole. For instance, watch Bess Truman just hammering away at this ambulance plane.

A commenter pointed out this video of Mrs. Truman. Apparently nobody prepped the bottle—they’re supposed to etch the glass so it breaks easier. Be sure to listen with the sound on, so you can hear the “THONK, THONK, THONK” noise as the First Lady attempts, unsuccessfully, to break that bottle. Let the record reflect that she gave it her utmost, but eventually, somebody had to get a hammer.

Jackie knew how to shatter some glass, though.

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When I posted the video I absolutely thought, “You know who would really dig this? Kelly Faircloth.”

Adore Jackie’s face at the end.