Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Fun White House Facts

· There are 132 rooms, 32 bathrooms, and 6 levels to accommodate all the people who live in, work in, and visit the White House. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 7 staircases, and 3 elevators.
· The White House receives approximately 6,000 visitors a day.
· The White House has five full time chefs.
· For recreation, the White House has a variety of facilities available to its residents, including a tennis court, a jogging track, a swimming pool & movie theater (thanks to Roosevelt), a billiard room, and a bowling lane.
· At Christmastime, the White House, which will feature 33 Christmas trees and 232 wreaths. President Bush will mail 895,000 Christmas cards. Visitors will consume 20,000 cookies, 700 cakes, 10,000 tamales, 700 pounds of crab, 320 gallons of eggnog, 600 pounds of asparagus and 1,000 pounds of shrimp..
· Thomas Jefferson had a pet mockingbird that flew freely around the White House unless Jefferson had guests.
· Millard Fillmore established the White House library. Before this time there was no permanent collection of books in the White House.
· Rutherford B. Hayes had the first telephone installed in the White House. Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, gave Hayes personal instructions on how to use it.
· Grover Cleveland is the only president to have had his wedding inside the White House.

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