The site for the White House was selected in 1791 by President George Washington. In 1800, President John Adams and his wife, Abigail, moved into the house. The British set fire to the House in 1814 during the War of 1812. President James Monroe moved into the building in 1817. The White House was officially given its name in 1901 by President Theodore Roosevelt. It was majorly renovated in 1902 by President Theodore Roosevelt. There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 412 doors and 147 windows in the White House. The White House also has 6 levels, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases and 3 elevators. To paint its outside surface, the White House requires 570 gallons of paint. (Courtesy: www.whitehouse.gov)
Friday, March 1, 2013
President Barack Obama and congressional leaders are meeting at the White House, with billions of dollars in automatic budget cuts ready to start kicking in.
The meeting got under way shortly after 10 a.m. EST. Representing Republicans are House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are the Democratic leaders in the meeting.
No breakthrough is expected to come out of the talks. But the meeting is an opportunity for all sides to stake out their fiscal positions with the threat of a government shutdown looming less than four weeks away.