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!
The West Wing Is Full Of Roaches And Mice
In 2017, White House officials submitted a number of requests for repairs and new equipment. But the most eye-opening request was for pest control to eradicate the mice getting into the Situation Room and the White House Navy mess food service area. There are apparently roaches in the West Wing, too.
There Is a Dentist's Office in the Basement
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.
The President Is Billed Every Month for Food and Incidentals
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.
White House Wi-Fi Sucks
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.