One of the last places I got to see on my journey to Washington, D.C. earlier this year was the White House itself, the residence of the President of the United States of America!
Me and my brother across from the White House (No, we did not see Donald Trump there)
Construction on the White House began in 1792, and every president has occupied the famous mansion except for George Washington himself. In November of 1800, Washington’s successor, John Adams, became the first president to occupy the White House, though would not be officially named so until Theodore Roosevelt occupied it; it was previously known as the Executive Mansion. In a letter to his wife Abigail, John Adams wrote a prayer for the house: “I pray Heaven to bestow the best of blessings to this house, and all that hereafter shall inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.” The White House would be burned by British Soldiers in 1814 as part of the War of 1812, and had to be reconstructed. Decades of poor maintenance meant that the White House was unstable when Harry S Truman was president, hinted at when a piano leg fell through the floor. Thus, the historic house was again reconstructed, with Truman moving to the Blair House across the street for two years.
The White House also holds a Theater, Bowling Alley and Tennis Court, among other recreational activities.
The White House is a symbol of the Executive Branch of government and of the choices that America has made over it’s long history. The men who have occupied it (or will occupy it) forever have a legacy of dedication to the United States, and this will never be forgotten. There are many trials upon us now and these men are flawed, but we must trust them nonetheless to lead us through this struggle regardless of our political party, and to stand up for what we believe in.