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THINGS YOU DO NOT KNOW ABOUT THE WHITE HOUSE PART 1

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THINGS YOU DO NOT KNOW ABOUT THE WHITE HOUSE PART 1

The white house is used as a symbol for the United States government though it only houses the executive branch it is considered the epicenter of US politics but many people are unaware of the secrets and complicated history of this iconic building.


SIZE 

The White House was built in 1792 under the supervision of George Washington and Irish born architect James Hoban. The property encloses 19 acres of land and the building itself is roughly 55 thousand square feet. There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms and six levels in the residence. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases and 3 elevators.

The white house requires 570 gallons of paint to cover its outside surface. It has 10 rooms on the ground floor, one main corridor, six rest room, eight rooms on the state floor, one main corridor, one entrance hall, 16 rooms.

One main corridor, six bathrooms and one restroom on the second floor, it's much larger than the average U.S. home which is roughly 2500 square feet but then again, the White House is both a home for the first family and a full-time office and operation center for the executive branch.

The last major renovation took place in 1940 and it is unlikely to undergo any serious changes in the near future


BASEMENT

Many people are unaware that the white house basement essentially functions like a mini-mall alongside the Situation Room where the president meets his advisors during a crisis. There is a shopping area beneath the building. It houses a flower shop a carpenter's shop and a dental surgery so the president doesn't have to leave the building to get a filling. These businesses are totally self-sufficient and work hard to keep up with the White House's massive demands.

Today the flower shop purchases flowers in bulk and refrigerates them for use in state dinners and decoration.


BUILT BY SLAVES

Recent research has uncovered that the majority of laborers responsible for the construction of the White House and other buildings in the US Capitol were slaves. On 24th July 2016, first lady Michelle Obama gave a well-received speech amid what was

otherwise a contentious night at the Democratic National Convention during which she asserted that the White House had been built by slaves. The remark was a relatively minor detail and Mrs. Obama's larger commentary about progress in the United States. However, some people have a hard time accepting that the White House is the result of such a cruel practice. The fact remains slaves did much more than build the White House, they also worked there over the course of seven presidencies


THE PRESIDENT PAYS FOR FOOD

Working in the White House may seem incredibly cushy but when it comes to food and drink, the presidential home isn't always a garden of roses. It turns out that even a leader of the free world doesn't get a free lunch.

Although the president's rent and utilities are entirely covered thanks to American taxpayers, their groceries absolutely are not. There's a long-standing idea the president is expected to pay for many of the same expenses the average American does.

 


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