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White House Helicopter

Presidential helicopter landing on the South Lawn.

Here are White House facts about the building and the presidents who lived there:

  • There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels in the Residence. There are also 412doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators. With 55,000 square feet of space, it is one of the largest houses in the United States

  • Presidential Firsts while in office... President James Polk (1845-49) was first President to have his photograph taken... President Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09) was not only the first President to ride in an automobile, but also to travel outside the country when he visited Panama... President Franklin Roosevelt (1933-45) was first President to ride in an airplane.

  • With five full-time chefs, the White House kitchen is able to serve dinner to as many as 140 guests and hors d'oeuvres to more than 1,000.

  • White House requires 570 gallons of paint to cover its outside surface.
   
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