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White House Trivia

History provides ample White House trivia. White House history includes burning down, multiple renovations and new decorations with each administration.

White House Trivia

Swimming Pools

The White House has an outdoor swimming pool that was commissioned by Gerald Ford in 1976. He loved to swim and often held press conferences near the pool before and after swims. President Ford's son became a certified scuba diver by taking lessons in the pool. The pool continued to get used when Amy Carter, Jimmy Carter, became proficient at diving by using the pool.

Franklin Roosevelt had an indoor pool built for Polio therapy. It was located in the White House. When Nixon arrived in office, he had the pool covered and turned it into a pressroom. In 2007, the basement adjacent to the pool walls was redesigned to help house all the cables for the James S. Brady Press Briefing room, which is directly above the pool.

The walls of the indoor pool contain signatures from many famous people. Bono and Laura Bush have signed the walls. In 2008, all three Jonas Brothers did a public service announcement at the White House and signed the wall themselves.

Construction

The White House has been renovated and redesigned many times over the years, but the outside stonewalls are the original walls from the White House that was built under Thomas Jefferson.

President Jimmy Carter designed and constructed a tree house for his daughter Amy. As of this writing, the tree house is in storage.

In payment for designing the White House, Thomas Jefferson gave James Hoban a $500 gold medal and a section of land.

The White House contains a bowling alley and a game room with billiards and ping-pong and a movie theater inside and a jogging track, a tennis court and a putting green on the outside.

The White House has 132 rooms that include 412 doors, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases and 3 elevators.

White House Trivia

Only two people have been married in the White House Rose Garden. The first was Tricia Nixon, Richard Nixon's daughter. She was married in June of 1971 to Edward Cox. Tricia is the only daughter of a President that was married there. The second person was Anthony Rodham, who is Hillary Clinton's brother. He married Nicole Boxer, who is the daughter of Senator Barbara Boxer.

The President pays for all food eaten by his family and any personal guests. In addition, any dry cleaning is paid by the family.

The first Pope to come to the White House was John Paul II. He came to visit President Cart in 1979.

Every time the President leaves or enters the White House, a SWAT team convenes on the roof of the White House. The address to the White House is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

On the fireplace in the State Dining Room, an inscription reads, "I Pray Heaven Bestow the Best of Blessings on This House and All that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but Honest and Wise Men ever rule under this Roof." It is a quote by Abigail Adams.

Before the White House was called "White House", the building was actually called the President's House and the Executive Mansion for many years. The term White House was not officially recognized as the name until 1901 when President Theodore Roosevelt signed an order naming the structure "The White House."

One interesting piece of White House trivia is that the White House is the only private residence in the world with a head of state living in it that is open to the public for no charge.

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