The White House

Description

The White House was the house of every president in history. The White House lays on a piece of property of 18 acres of land on Pennsylvania avenue in the District of Columbia also known as D.C. The actual building is 26 meters wide and 52 meters long. Inside the white house, there are 132 rooms, 32 bathrooms, and 6 levels for the president and all his companions. Approximately 6,000 people visit the white house a day. The white house has five full time chefs that prepare enough food to serve 140 guests a day if needed. The White House is so big that it needed 570 gallons of paint to cover it’s surface.


Citation:

Conger, Clement Ellis. "White House." World Book Student. World Book, 2014. Web. 6 Nov. 2014.

History

The first name of the White House was the Presidents house and then the executive mansion until 1901. That year, president Theodore Roosevelt changed the name to White House as the official name. The White House was once burned down by British Troops during the war of 1812. The actual burning occurred in 1814. This happened in retaliation after Americans attack the city of York. The smoke-stained gray walls were painted white. Several additions were made to the white house such as the west and east wing, a penthouse, and a bomb shelter. The west wing contains the president's oval office. When Harry Truman was president, the White House’s interior design was re-done. Even with all these renovations, the exterior stone walls are the same as the ones when the white house was first built.



Citation:

Conger, Clement Ellis. "White House." World Book Student. World Book, 2014. Web. 6 Nov. 2014.

Criteria 2: Association with individuals who made a lasting contribution

Lincoln lived here when he was the president and did many things here such as conquering the south states and ended the civil war and ended slavery in the U.S. John F Kennedy, the thirty fifth president lived here when he sent the first people to the moon. President Harry S. Truman made the important decision to drop two atomic bombs on Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki after Japan refused to surrender. Many important decisions impacting communities and the economy were made in the oval office in the White House. Recent presidents such as president Bush used the oval office in times of greatness such as cutting taxes, and times of failure such as when he invaded Iraq out of false intelligence reports claiming that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Overall, the laws made here impact the community because it keeps people safe and retains order in the community in D.C and communities across the nation.



Citation:

Conger, Clement Ellis. "White House." World Book Student. World Book, 2014. Web. 6 Nov. 2014.