Secrets HIDDEN Inside the White House!
- Published on Jul 10, 2019
- The White House stands tall, but not too tall. It’s a big, mansion-like edifice but it doesn’t look to ostentatious. Tourists visit all the time, and people love taking pictures from the fence of the Front Lawn--but have you ever wondered what happens behind those many doors? Keep watching to find out!
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5. Under Pressure
When you’re the leader of a country, you rarely spend a lot of time alone. For the U.S. president, the Oval Office is one of the few places where you can be alone, even if it’s only for a little bit. That means security for this small space is very tight. With all those big windows behind the desk, one would think the president is a sitting duck, but there’s a reason he can sit in that area so safely. Anyone walking into the Oval Office already has to be careful about not moving things to not set off alarms. On top of that (or below that), there are also pressure pads in the floor! These pads are weight-sensitive and are installed so that the secret service is aware of exactly where the president is at all times. Outside the room, the agents stand armed with heavy weapons.
4. The Pool Passage
We all know about the fountain at the front of the house, but former president Gerald Ford thought the exterior needed a little more water. Ford, an avid swimmer, insisted the White House needed a new pool after the older indoor pool (which dated back to the times of FDR) had to be removed to make way for the press room. So, in 1975, he had an outdoor pool installed in the back area of the property. Alongside the pool is a cabana so that the First Family could shower and change their clothes, all while being shielded from the public eye. There is also a secret passageway in the West Wing that leads to the pool, so the family doesn’t need to cross the lawn in their swimsuits.
3. Down In The Basement
And of course, there’s a basement. In scary books, the basement to a big house is usually creepy and dark and full of secrets. However, the White House basement is anything but! Located under the North Portico (the North Lawn where the fountain is), the basement includes amenities like a carpenter’s shop, a flower shop, and even a dentist office! In 1969, Richard Nixon added a bowling alley! You’ll also find the extended collection of the White House Library. Additional rooms in the white house include a game room, complete with a billiard table, and a family theater where you can sit down in red seats and get served some popcorn!
2. A Political Zoo
Humans aren’t the only animals that walk through the property of the White House. In the past, presidents have owned not just cats and dogs, but much more exotic animals as pets. When John Quincy Adams was the POTUS, he had an alligator that resided in the bathroom! Have you ever heard of the name Emily Spinach? That was Teddy Roosevelt’s daughter’s pet snake! Then there was Calvin Coolidge who owned a whole menagerie of animals such as a wallaby, a hippo, a bobcat, lion cubs, and a bear!