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Weird Things You Didn't Know About Living In The White House  

Kellen Perry
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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 more unusual. 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 weak Wi-Fi?

The truth about what it's like to live in the White House is 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; presidential children 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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Carpet Stains From First Pets Aren't Always Removed Immediately

You would think someone would quickly take care of pet stains from the White House carpets, but this is not always the case. It's unclear if other administrations' pets left a mess behind, but there is one little legacy that remains confirmed.

Obama family biographer Jodi Kantor tells The Guardian that thanks to the Bush family's cats, stains remained on the carpet when the Obamas took residence in the White House.

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The West Wing Is Reportedly Full Of Roaches And Mice

In 2017, White House officials allegedly submitted numerous requests for repairs and new equipment. But, as reported by NBC Washington's News4 I-Team, the most eye-opening one was for pest control to eradicate the mice getting into the Situation Room and the Navy's mess hall in the White House.

In addition to this, News4 says there are apparently roaches in the West Wing.

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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, and other incidentals while in office; they're billed at the end of the month. Mental Floss notes the sticker shock caught Nancy Reagan off-guard, as she claimed nobody had informed her or President Reagan about having to pay for what they used.

There's no charge, however, for food served at White House state functions - the taxpayers take care of this.

 

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White House Wi-Fi Isn't Great

If your weak Wi-Fi is keeping you from your favorite sites, the first family feels for you. The Obamas told CBS on Super Bowl Sunday 2016 about the many Wi-Fi "dead spots" in the White House, and that the Obama girls got "frustrated" by them.

In the weeks following this interview, the Roosevelt Room in the White House apparently saw improved Wi-Fi. This allowed White House personnel to briefly broadcast an event on Facebook Live, according to Newsweek.

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