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The Wildest Stories from Inside the White House  

Rick Bitz
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List Rules Vote up the wildest and most shocking stories from inside the White House throughout American history.

The White House is also known as "The People's House." Over the years, the "people" have taken full advantage of their special access by engaging in some wild White House stories. These bizarre and downright crazy antics all took place at one of the most iconic buildings in the United States. President John Adams was the first commander in chief to hang his hat in the White House back in 1800. Since then, thousands of dignitaries, politicians, lobbyists, military personal, staffers, interns, and random visitors have made their way through its hallowed halls. Many of those folks left their mark, both literally and figuratively.

You would think that with all the Secret Service agents lurking around there would be no room for White House shenanigans. You would be wrong. Along with the occasional ghost sightings, there have been plenty of parties, fights, affairs, and clandestine coming and goings. Pulled together here are some of the most outrageous and true stories from the White House that have ever gone down. Which of wild White House stories are indeed the wildest? Was it when Elvis dropped by to visit Nixon? Was it when Willie Nelson lit up the roof? Was it Big Block of Cheese Day? You be the judge and vote on what you think of these funny stories from the White House.
Black Copter Down
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Usually the airspace over the White House is considered restricted, but with the advent of drones, the small crafts have been dropping in on the First Family more and more. Drones are easy to deal with but what about a helicopter?

That was the situation facing the Secret Service back in 1974 when 20-year-old Robert Preston stole a helicopter from an Army base and took it for a wild joy ride that ended on the White House front lawn. Ironically, Preston flunked helicopter school.
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Andrew Jackson's Inagural Was a Huge Blow Out Bash
Andrew Jackson's Inagural ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Wildest Stories from Inside the White House
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Every president gets to throw an inaugural ball to celebrate their swearing in. When President Andrew Jackson took the oath on March, 4, 1829, he invited a few friends back to the White House to honor the occasion. Before long those few friends swelled into a drunken mob that wrecked furniture and broke dishes. Jackson snuck out the back door to avoid the mayhem.
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First Lady Seances
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First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln was way into the occult. She reportedly held numerous seances in the White House. She also claimed to have heard the ghost of Andrew Jackson stomping around the halls, looking for his dead sons. Good times.
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Lincoln's Ghost Stops By to Say "Boo"
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What do Winston Churchill, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, and Maureen Reagan have in common? They all claimed to have seen the ghost of Abraham Lincoln in the White House. Apparently, of all the ghosts who supposedly haunting the White House, Lincoln's is the most popular.
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