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Ever wonder what living in the White House is like? That's easy: it's weird! Life in the White House for the First Family (its only permanent residents) is like a cross between living in a fortress, a resort, and a museum... but somehow stranger. Do you want to know what it's like to not carry money or credit cards for four years? How about being the leader of the free world but still having crappy Wi-Fi?

The truth about what is it like to live in the White House is definitely stranger than fiction. Forget The West Wing: in the actual White House, the president and his family are billed for every meal they eat that isn't business-related, First Kids are sneaking up to the roof, and even the most powerful person in the world is scooping up dog poop. Enjoy these and many more facts about living in the White House: it's your patriotic duty!
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The First Family Can't Open the Windows


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It makes sense from a security standpoint at the White House, but you have to admit that never being able to open a window in your home and feel a cool breeze would be a bummer. It's one of the things First Lady Michelle Obama says she's looking forward to the most when she leaves the White House: simply cracking a window.
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The President Is Billed Every Month for Food and Incidentals


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There's no free lunch (or breakfast, brunch, or dinner) for the First Family: all presidents and their families have to pay for their own food, dry cleaning, toothpaste, etc. while in office and they're billed at the end of the month. The "sticker shock" caught Nancy Reagan off-guard: she claimed nobody ever told her or President Reagan that they would be facing the charges. There's no charge, however, for food served at White House state functions - the taxpayers take care of that.
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All of the Wine Served at the White House Is American


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While it's true that the First Family can special order just about any food or drink they desire, the only wine served in the White House is American wine, mainly from Virginia, Idaho, and California. Have a hankering for something European? You won't find it on the property. French wine was taken off the menu during the Ford Administration.
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White House Wi-Fi Sucks


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If your crappy Wi-Fi is keeping you from your favorite sites, the First Family feels your pain. The Obamas told CBS on Super Bowl Sunday 2016 that there are a lot of Wi-Fi "dead spots" in the White House and the Obama girls get "frustrated" by them. Mr. President is hoping to fix the issue for the "next group of folks" who move in.
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There Is No Private Entrance or Exit to the Residence


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It makes sense that the First Family can't just come and go as they please, but did you know that there is no private entrance or exit to where they live? It's one of the downsides to living in a combination fortress/museum. Staff and tourists have access to the Diplomatic Room - close to where the entrance to the living quarters is located - during regular operating hours, so the First Family has to duck behind brown screens to avoid detection.
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The President's Honey Comes from an On-Site Beehive


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If the First Family wants to eat honey (or brew beer with it!) they have a sweet little honey factory right on the property. Around 35,000 "First Bees" live on the White House lawn and are taken care of by the official beekeeper. The beehive was built in 2009 - the first of its kind - and is located near the First Lady's vegetable garden.
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First Kids Can Have Their Prom at the White House


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This sure beats a gymnasium or VFW hall: First Daughter Susan Ford threw the first and only (so far) White House prom in 1975. The 17 year old partied with her fellow classmates from Holton-Arms School - and her 21-year-old "college boy" date (!) - in the East Room until 1 am. It wasn't entirely a splashy display of wealth and power: the class actually paid for the prom with funds raised at bake sales and school fairs.
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There Is a Dentist's Office in the Basement


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The First Family doesn't have to go far to get a filling: there's a dentist's office both in the basement of the White House and at the presidential retreat at Camp David. President George W. Bush's personal dentist says Bush "didn't require a lot of care" and "never talked politics." The strip-mall like basement also features a flower shop, carpenter's shop, and engineer's shop.