The White House has long been one of the most popular buildings in the United States. Yes, it’s where the president lives, but there are also many rooms on the property that are used to hold important meetings that could determine the future of the country. The White House is also home to a number of Galas and Award dinners celebrating the accomplishments and milestones of both government officials and everyday people.
The White House has a reputation for being especially elegant and sophisticated, which is why many people are fascinated with finding out more about how the president and his family spend their leisure time. The people who are commissioned to decorate the White House have a pretty serious job to do, and can keep this professional accomplish on their resume permanently. The meals prepared at the White House also get a lot of attention, so the person who is selected to cook for the First Family pretty much deserves to have lifetime bragging rights. There are also a number of people who have developed conspiracies about the White House, asserting that there are secret chambers and rooms on the property that serve as the meeting place for shady business dealings.
Whether you see the White House as a large mansion for the president, or the seat of our nation’s government, there are likely some things about 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue that would come as a shock to you.
12 It Got Its Name From Theodore Roosevelt
11 The Press Room Used to Be A Pool
10 A Billiards Room Was Added By Ulysses Grant
9 The White House Has More Than 130 Rooms
8 James Hoban Won The White House Construction Contest
7 Black Slaves Built The White House
6 Some Presidents Thought The White House Was A Lonely Place
5 The White House Has Room For A 140-Person Dinner Party
4 The White House Has A Movie Theater
3 The White House May Need A Bigger Fence
2 President Truman Ordered A $54 Million Renovation
1 Bill Clinton Had The White House Track Built
President Bill Clinton is responsible for having a track built around the White House. In the 1990s, there were lots of news stories surrounding Clinton’s weight, so it was assumed that he had the track constructed in order to be more physically active. However, it is not known for sure whether Clinton actually used the track. As you recall, he got a bit of “exercise” in other parts of the White House. These days, the 42nd President of the United States stays at a healthy weight by following a mostly vegan diet. He’s also pretty busy supporting his wife Hillary, as she runs for president.
Sources: whitehousemuseum.org, ranker.com, abcnews.go.com
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