(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
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
"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?