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White House Renovation

D 1er avril 2009     A Englishpager    


Every first family puts its stamp on the White House. The Obamas’ new kitchen garden echoes the victory garden planted by Eleanor Roosevelt during WW II. F.D.R. made a cloakroom into a movie theater and put in an indoor swimming pool. Nixon, an avid bowler, added a one-lane alley. Eco-friendly Jimmy Carter installed solar panels on the roof in 1979, only to have Ronald Reagan remove them in 1986.

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A Presidential Playground

1 KITCHEN GARDEN The 1,100-sq.-ft. patch will grow 55 kinds of vegetables for White House meals

2 TENNIS COURT Teddy Roosevelt built the first court in 1903 ; Obama plans to use it for basketball

3 JOGGING TRACK Bill Clinton laid the quarter-mile trail in ’93 ; in disrepair, it was paved over in ’08

4 SWING SETS The Obama girls’ new playground has a tire swing, climbing wall, fort and slide

5 HORSESHOE PITCH George H.W. Bush tossed ringers with leaders like Boris Yeltsin here

6 SWIMMING POOL Nixon closed F.D.R.’s pool to expand the pressroom ; Ford had this one built in ’75

7 PUTTING GREEN In office, Ike reportedly played 800 rounds of golf ; this ’54 addition probably helped

8 BASKETBALL HOOP Installed by George H.W. Bush, the half-size court hosted the Chicago Bulls in ’91

Abriged from Time Magazine, article by M.J. Stephey

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