Dark secrets of the White House
The White House is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. Every day his fence flock to dozens of tourists and ordinary citizens. But few people in the audience knows how many mysteries and secrets kept in the walls of the building itself, which is not as easy as it seems to mean.
In the world of unmanned aerial vehicles and wiretapping it is natural to assume that government leaders will have access to the latest technologies. But until 2015, the White House was equipped with a real rarity gadgets. Black-and-white printers, floppy disks, old-style phones. Why? All the fault of bureaucratic red tape. This year alone, the update was more part of the premises of the White House, but there is still enough work.
The White House operates its own police force, United States Secret Service Uniformed Division. It was created in 1930 by President Hoover. Uniformed Division members do not only check the visitors inside the house, but also patrol the surrounding streets. They have the right, without the slightest explanation to pick the person for several days - in order to preserve national security.
In 1792, an architect named James Hoban designed and built the White House. Since then the building has become one of the most famous attractions of the entire planet. It is easy to see why so many people are trying to get your own White House. Replica of a democratic stronghold there in Texas, Virginia and Georgia. In Iraq, the White House belongs to the Kurdish billionaire, while in China there are similar buildings more than a dozen.
61-year-old Andrew Jackson was the seventh president of the March 4, 1829. In honor of this, he decided to throw a massive party and opened the White House to the public. But the president did not appreciate the opportunities drunken crowd: the night of the interior decoration of the mansion were only memories, and the very security of Jackson was forced to move to the hotel.
According to a 2005 study conducted by the Congress, about 400 of the 600 workers who built the White House, are essentially slaves. Initially, the federal planners set out to hire workers from Europe, but it was too expensive. As a result, he and the White House, Capitol and other government buildings in the neighborhood were built slaves purchased for $ 60 per person.
Today, the White House is equipped with a so-called "family theater", where the leaders of the free world often meet in an informal setting. It was here, according to rumors, Clinton liked to make some very important decisions, and Bush, known paranoid tendencies, arranged in a theater of war ministers meeting.
Hall of Martial Arts
And the White House has its own Hall of martial arts dojo. It was built still under Theodore Roosevelt, the courageous president in American history. Roosevelt was engaged here with the great judo Yoshiaki Yamashita, and now Barack Obama spends evenings boxing matches.
House in spots
After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Americans were furious. At the same time agents of the secret service is quite aware of the danger coming from the Asian opponents. The White House even repainted in camouflage - though not for long.
By 1945, the White House has not received proper care, I was just falling apart. Once a family of Harry Truman dropped the chandelier, and the president himself nearly drowned in a lop-sided bath. Inspectors found that the restructuring of the White House will be at a cost comparable to the construction of a new building. But Truman, an adherent of the old traditions, ordered all the same to restore the mansion.
Attacks on Home
At various times, fools have made the attack on the White House. In 1994, a man named Francisco Martin Duran somehow passed the first line of protection and opened fire with an assault rifle. Bill Clinton at that time was on the terrace, but, fortunately, was not injured by the shots. November 11, 2011 another crazy, Oscar Ortega-Hernandez, began firing at the windows of the White House from a sniper rifle. Police said Ortega, so he ordered Jesus Christ.