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(White) House Hunting

Did you know that Teddy Roosevelt built the White House tennis court in 1902? Or that Jackie Kennedy's efforts made the White House a public museum with a permanent collection?


While the joke of 'measuring the drapes' is one that comes up often in transition time, watching President Bush and President-elect Obama's meeting at the White House Monday had me wondering what really does change about the house itself.

Starting off at the source itself, you can take a 'virtual tour' of the current conditions at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

 But to get a sense of how the White House has changed since it first opened its doors to John Adams in 1800, the 2001 documentary Echoes From the White House on WNET created a timeline, showing the "Changing White House."

The BBC provides a good look at what has gone on in previous handover meetings at the White House - particularly when a new party is arriving in Washington. The Nixon-Johnson handover in 1968 is one that stands out:

"As we stood together in the Oval Office, he welcomed me into a club of very exclusive membership, and he made a promise to adhere to the cardinal rule of that membership: stand behind those who succeed you," Mr. Nixon said.

Some bloggers have creative ideas of what the Obamas should change to the house's physical structure. Environmental blog treehugger.com suggests solar panels be installed. And Internet advocates are far more concerned with the President-elect's home online, rooting for a blogger on the administration's team and more openness about how things work in government.

What would you change at the White House, the building?


Max Ray said:

Nice to hear someone talking about simplifying and making the tax system fair. Almost half of all "taxpayers" pay no tax at all. If you want to really help people, eliminate, don't expand, refundable tax credits. Instead of the EIC and child tax credits, there should be a tax credit for small businesses that hire new full-time employees.
Wouldn't it be better to have a $20,000 job than a $2,000 government handout? Think over it.

Thanks and regards

Max Ray

AmPmInsure Community Analyst.

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