This category is for questions and answers about the White House, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500. The White House is the home and workplace of the American president. It is also a major icon of American government.
Asked in US Presidents, John F. Kennedy, White House
What kind of rifle hung in John F. Kennedy oval office?
John F. Kennedy did not own or possess guns. He was once offered a free shot, so to speak at a hunting trip with Lyndon Johnson, but turned it down. Certainly President Kennedy did not own or possess- let alone put on public display- partitive firearms. In this photo of JFK meeting with LBJ, you can clearly see a rifle hanging on the wall, facing the president's desk on the left. I don't know what kind of rifle, but there is one there, prominently hanging as a memento.
What state is The President's White House in?
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What was the nickname for the White House in 1920?
Who was the first President to live in the White House?
John Adams the first person who lived in the White House. Another viewpoint Technically Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to live in the "White House," as he was the first president to actually refer to it as the White House in, 1901. Before, it was referred to as the "Presidential Palace" or the "Executive Mansion." John Adams was the first person to live on the land that would eventually hold the White House. During the war of 1812 British forces burned the Executive Mansion, nearly to the ground, and a new one was built in its place. The first president to occupy the building, which became the White House was James Monroe. Actually in my John Adams book it said specifically "John Adams was the first president to ever live in the white house."
Where can you find a list of all United States Presidents?
*There is a list here, and you can find more information about any of the presidents at the related White House link below. List of US Presidents Washington, George 1789-97 Adams, John 1797-1801 Jefferson, Thomas 1801-09 Madison, James 1809-17 Monroe, James 1817-25 Adams, John 1825-29 Jackson, Andrew 1829-37 Van Buren, Martin 1837-41 Harrison, William Henry 1841 Tyler, John 1841-45 Polk, James 1845-49 Taylor, Zachary 1849-50 Fillmore, Millard 1850-53 Pierce, Franklin 1853-57 Buchanan, James 1857-61 Lincoln, Abraham 1861-65 Johnson, Andrew 1865-69 Grant, Ulysses S. 1869-77 Hayes, Rutherford B. 1877-81 Garfield, James 1881 Arthur, Chester 1881-85 Cleveland, Grover 1885-89 Harrison, Benjamin 1889-93 Cleveland, Grover 1893-97 McKinley, William 1897-1901 Roosevelt, Theodore 1901-09 Taft, William H. 1909-13 Wilson, Woodrow 1913-21 Harding, Warren 1921-23 Coolidge, Calvin 1923-29 Hoover, Herbert 1929-33 Roosevelt, Franklin D. 1933-45 Truman, Harry 1945-53 Eisenhower, Dwight 1953-61 Kennedy, John F. 1961-63 Johnson, Lyndon 1963-69 Nixon, Richard 1969-74 Ford, Gerald 1974-77 Carter, Jimmy 1977-81 Reagan, Ronald 1981-89 Bush, George H.W. 1989-93 Clinton, William J. 1993-2001 Bush, George W. 2001-2009 Obama, Barack 2009-
Asked in White House, Ice Cream
What first lady introduced ice cream to white house?
Asked in Owls, Signs and Omens, White House
What is the significance of a white owl sitting on the fence of a house?
The screech of the owl can be a bad omen in some cultures. Her call has often been considered as inviting death- seeing an owl meant that someone is going to die in the family. The Latin name of the owl mostly starts with the word "strix" - and this means "witch" as well. The Celts believed that the owl carries the souls of the deceased into the Land of Youth,Tir nan Og or Avalon, the Isle of Apples. Witches were once accused of turning, shapeshifting, into owls in order to fly away and spy on their victims. Some cultures consider it a bad omen, yet some regard it as a very powerful element of the night. The owl can fly in near total darkness, yet still see it's prey. Many witches have owls as a familiar, or animal totem, as it gives them insight and help.
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Which President got married in the White House?
Grover Cleveland was the only president to have a White House wedding. John Tyler and Woodrow Wilson also got married while they were in office but the weddings were not held in the White House, (Grover Cleveland was unmarried when he was elected, and married for the first time while in the White House. He was 49 and he got married to a 21-year-old woman.) Grover Cleveland
Asked in US Presidents, Barack Obama, White House
What is the address of the White House in Washington DC where the president lives?
If your house was appraised for 220000 and two months later it was appraised for 165000 what is the logical reason for this great disparity?
I would say with the limited information provided, the most logical answer is that there were two different people or companies providing the two appraisal. Appraising houses isn't much of a science, it is likely two people could disagree. It Depends on the Trends of Real Estate Sector, if the trend is going down then your appraised propety maight get down as well. Real estate valuation is based in part on "comparative sales"--how much another house in your neighborhood sold for recently. If someone bought a house in your neighborhood for $165,000 recently and the home was similar to yours, they'll assume your home is also worth $165,000. You did not specify if the valuation was done by an appraiser or a Real Estate broker? Although values have dropped by a substantial amount in many areas it is unlikely that values have dropped by such a large amount in that short period of time.
Why are barns traditionally painted red?
Centuries ago, European farmers would seal the wood on their barns with an oil, often linseed oil -- a tawny-colored oil derived from the seed of the flax plant which is called flax oil (golden, edible) before boiling, and linseed oil (tawny, inedible) after boiling. They would paint their barns with a mixture containing linseed-oil as a binder, and pigmenting solids including chalk, rust, and any other soft easily milled (finely ground) minerals available locally. The minerals add color but primarily block the sunlight that over hardens the alkyd resin making it brittle, crumble and eventually dust. The combination produced a long-lasting paint that dried and hardened quickly, or at least as quickly as mattered. (NB: A preceding edit had confused alkyd resin (boiled linseed oil) with whitewash which is available but now rare and calcamine which hasn't been made since the 1920's. Mixing oil based alkyd resin with tiny amounts of either water based whitewash or calcamine results in distinctive exotic patterns, while adding more results in gummy paint that never dries). Today, linseed oil is sold in most home-improvement stores as a wood sealant although most common wood sealers are synthetic resins dissolved in a solvent (synthetic lacquer). Boiled linseed oil remains the base of all alkyd resin paints, enamels, and varnishes. Now, where does the red come from? In historically accurate terms, "barn red" is not the bright, fire-engine red that we often see today, but more of a burnt-orange red. Farmers added ferrous oxide, otherwise known as rust, to the oil mixture. Rust was plentiful on farms. While copper and silver are bacteriostatic and fungicidal, iron is not. While iron sulfate in high concentrations inhibits moss, iron oxide has less effect, which is why moss grows on weathered granite, often as much as 50% iron. Barns were simple commercial structures that required a lot of repair from semi-skilled owners. The paint kept the rain from saturating the wood and accelerating rot. The pigment kept the sun from breaking down the paint so quickly. Rust (orange and brown) was reliably available cheaply wherever blacksmiths were found. Painting the barn with boiled flax oil and rust was way to make the barn cheaper to own, not a fashion statement. Regardless of how the farmer tinted his paint, having a red barn became a fashionable thing, because it demonstrated the farmers wisdom and thrift. They were a sharp contrast to the traditional white farmhouse. English houses in the late Elizbethan (about to be early American Colonial) era were thatched roofs with long eves, the walls were half oiled timber and half white lime plaster over woven sticks. As European settlers crossed over to America in the 17th century, they brought with them the tradition of red barns. The abundance of wood and scarcity of lime drove the houses toward dark brown clapboard siding with split wood shingle roofs. As the 18th century progressed, chalk and lime became available and the clapboard houses were painted white. In the mid 1800s, as paints were still made with milled mineral pigments, and rust was still the least expensive, red remained in favor. Eventually whitewash became cheaper in some areas, at which point white barns began to spring up. The advent of coal tar derived azo dyes at the end of the 19th century and the wide palette of colors made available didn't change the fundamental need for a mineral pigment to block light, or the cheapest color of paint for a barn. Today, the color of barns can vary, often depending on how the barns are used. My dad and grandpa have been farmers their entire lives and they used to tease us kids that the barn was red because it was the most noticeable when the snow was falling sideways and you could barely see because of the sleet and hail.
Which president got stuck in a bathtub?
The story is told that President William Howard Taft (in office 1909-1913) got stuck in a White House bathtub and it took several men to pull him out. The truth of the story can not be verified-- it is almost certainly false. What is true is that Taft was very heavy , weighing in at over 300 pounds, and that a new larger bath tub was installed for him in the White House. See the related link for a picture of the four installers sitting together in the new tub.
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Why is the White House called the White House and who originally created this name?
In the early days the white house was formally called the "President's Palace"; although this title soon changed over to "Executive Mansion" in 1810 to avoid connections with royalty. Even with all these name changes, the majority of society referred the building as the white house. The porous sandstone walls were coated with a mixture of lime, rice glue, casein, and lead, giving the house its familiar color and name. It wasn't until Oct 12, 1901 when President Theodore Roosevelt officially adopted the name "white house". .
How many planes crashed on Sept 11 2001.?
Their were 4 planes 1- Flight 11 crashes into the North tower of the World Trade center at 8:46 Am 2- Flight 175 crashes into the South tower of the world trade center at 9:02 am 3- Flight 77 crashes into the West side part of the Pentagon at 9:37 am 4- Flight 93 crashes into a empty field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:03 am
Asked in US Presidents, White House
Who was only president not to have a live christmas tree in White House?
No president had a Christmas tree in the White House for about the first 100 years. The English did not put up Christmas trees and many considered them to be a pagan custom. Christmas trees only gradually became popular in the US. However, Theodore Roosevelt, an early environmentalist, may have refused to put up a Christmas tree even though his children wanted one. The related link gives more .
Who was the first US President to live in the White House?
John Adams, the 2nd President of the United States, was the first US President to live in the White House. Having taken office in 1797, before the residence was completed, the Adams family (John Adams and his wife Abigail) could not occupy the White House until November 1, 1800. The White House, the official/executive residence of the President of the United States, is also the President's principal workplace. Construction on the Executive Mansion, in Washington, D.C., was begun in 1792 and completed in 1800. (It was not known as the "White House" until years later, around 1811, and not formally so until 1901.) However, the first White House was mostly destroyed by a fire in 1814; it was rebuilt by 1817.