america The Coolest Rooms in the White House (And What Happens in Them)  

Katherine Ripley
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List Rules Vote up the coolest and most interesting rooms within the big white building at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The White House is a massive mansion, and each room in it has a different purpose and a unique history. This list will tell you all about what are the most interesting rooms in the White House, and what happens in them. You've probably already heard of many of these, or even seen them in movies or on television, but many of them will be unfamiliar - the lesser known White House rooms with stories waiting to be told.

This kind of White House history will give you some insight into how the role and demands of the president and the rest of the executive branch have changed over the years. The rooms of the White House have been created or altered throughout history to suit the needs of each new president. Take a dive in and explore the presidential palace.
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Green Room


Green Room is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Coolest Rooms in the White House (And What Happens in Them)
Photo: Library of Congress Collection
What goes down in here: Small receptions and teas.
 
Notable events: President Lincoln's son, who died of typhoid fever, was embalmed in the Green Room; Eleanor Roosevelt entertained Amelia Earhart.
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Presidential Emergency Operations Center


Presidential Emergency Operati... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Coolest Rooms in the White House (And What Happens in Them)
Photo: Eric Draper/Wikimedia Commons

What goes down in here: Official business when there is a threat of attack on the United States.

Notable events: George W. Bush met with the National Security Council in this room after the September 11th terrorist attack on New York City.
 

Where you've seen it in movies/TV: Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down, multiple seasons of 24

This underground bunker was built during FDR's administration, and designed to protect the president from a nuclear attack.
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Queens' Bedroom


Queens' Bedroom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Coolest Rooms in the White House (And What Happens in Them)
Photo: The White House Museum

What goes down in here: Sleeping.

Notable events: The queens of the Netherlands, Greece, Norway, Nepal, and the United Kingdom have all slept here; Winston Churchill also stayed here when he visited Presidents Roosevelt and Truman before and after World War II.

This room used to be called the Rose Room, but its name was changed to reflect the fact that so many queens had stayed in it.
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The Situation Room


The Situation Room is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Coolest Rooms in the White House (And What Happens in Them)
Photo: David Bohrer/Wikimedia Commons

What goes down in here: A 24/7 intelligence gathering operation, and regular briefings to the president about the latest important events.

Notable events: Members of Obama's administration received a play-by-play of the mission to capture Osama bin Laden.

Where you've seen it in movies/TV: Minority Report, Air Force One, Thirteen Days, The Fifth Element, 24

This room was created by JFK, and was meant to remedy the lack of real-time information which resulted in the failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion. It's worth noting that the real life Situation Room is far less dramatic than movies and TV portray it to be; the president plays a much more muted roll when he is there.
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