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Jackie Kennedy in Aspen, December 29, 1964 Photo Courtesy of http://aconversationoncool.tumblr.com/

At some level, aren't we all seduced by power? I confess that I certainly am! Well now, more than ever, Aspen has become synonymous with America's power elite. It all began, really, with Jackie Kennedy's Aspen ski trip in 1964. Accompanied by Bobby Kennedy, and her two kids John John and Caroline, Jackie's glowing smile at Buttermilk put a beautiful face to America's most gorgeous town.

Another powerful American dynasty, the Bush family, put their mark on Aspen as well. Shortly after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, the motive behind the Gulf War, former President George H.W. Bush, alongside then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, gave a very famous press conference at the Aspen Institute. Historians of the Gulf War often like to start in Aspen in their narration of the war. And putting aside one's own political feelings, today's most arguably powerful Washington couple, Ivanka and Jared Kushner, took their first post-Inaugural vacation in...Aspen! They and their family were seen beaming all over---on the mountains, in the streets, and inside Aspen's delicious Matsuhisa. And in many ways they were simply carrying over the tradition of the last administration----former First Lady Michelle Obama often took her kids skiing in Aspen.

Last summer, Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, made giant news all over Europe when they stayed at the former summer retreat of Emperor Napoleon III. In many years hence, it will be an even bigger deal when people say they just vacationed in Aspen. The question is: Will those future famous couples be taking in the same views that your family once did?