1) “The White House,” a name we know today for 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington D.C., was known throughout history as the “Executive Mansion,” “President’s Palace,” and the “President’s House.” Former President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name way back in 1901. The White House is also known as “The People’s House” since it is the only Head of State Private residence that is opened to the public – our house, the People’s House.
2) Our First President, George Washington, is the only one who has NEVER lived in the White House (it was still under construction.)
3) The White House has two other Twin Sisters – one in France and one in Ireland. The replicas are tourists’ attractions (there are a few “replicas” in the United States as well, but they are much smaller in size.)
4) The first child born at the White House was the grandson of President Thomas Jefferson. The second child born there was his property – the black baby of Jefferson’s two slaves (slaves were housed in the basement, now known as the “Ground Floor,”)
5) Until the Civil War, the White House was the largest property home in the United States.
6) Millie, the White House dog, earned more than 4 times as much as President George Bush in 1991. Millie’s Book, humorous photographs of the Presidential dog, has earned $889,176.00 in book royalties. WOW! Barbara Bush later donated the money to her literacy fund – the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.
7) I wrote this on my FaceBook Wall and I still can’t believe it: the President and his family are charged for “every” meal and other incidentals, such as toiletries and dry cleaning. They have chef staff as well and so they are charged for “Chef Services” as well.
8 ) There has NEVER been a computer in the Oval Office, could you believe that? President Obama claims that he is going to bring the Oval Office “online” during his term.