Why is the official residence of the President of the US called the White House?
For most of its early history its official name was the Executive Mansion. But the building was painted white at the time of its original construction (not, as is often erroneously stated, to cover up the burn marks when it was torched by the British in the War of 1812; it was already white before that.) The public gave the building the unofficial nickname of "the White House"; the term seems to have been informally in use as far back as the early 19th century. Why? Probably because it was a house and is white.But it became the "official" name of the presidential residence in the early 20th century, during the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt preferred the term "White House" to "Executive Mansion," and had official stationary printed up with that name. This amounted to embracing what the public mostly called the place anyway, and it became the official name, and has been used as such ever since.
Is it racist that the official residence of the US president is called the White House? Does that name have a racial history behind it?
Racist? No, it does not even come close to the definition of racism. Racially motivated, unlikely, it housed the President and it was white, now the question of why it was called The White House and if it was a racist decision could be considered more racial than the obvious. The White House was built with the assistance of hired slaves and many other hired local white workers and immigrants from Ireland, Scotland and other European countries.
What is the American president's name?
His full name is President Barack Hussein Obama, II. He was named after his father, Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., who died in 1982 in a car accident in Kenya;
Where does the U.S. Vice President live while in office?
Number One Observatory CircleThe need for an official residence for the vice president became apparent after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. First, the 25th Amendment to the Constitution did not exist, meaning that Johnson served as president from November 22, 1963 until inauguration day 1965 without a vice president.Also, the private home occupied by Lyndon Johnson and his family was not as secure as the White House. Had Johnson been at home in Washington instead of in Dallas on November 22 and had there been a conspiracy to kill the United States’ top leadership, he might have been an easy target.
Why the White House was chosen as official residence for presidents?
When the founding fathers designed Washington DC, they built the White House at one end of town and The government Capitol building at the other. The whole city was designed and built to serve as the headquarters for the government, and the president’s house was constructed as part of it.It is a purpose-built building for the President to operate the executive branch out of and live in. Apart from George Washington, who ordered it to be built, every other president in American history has lived there.
What's the name of the French President's residence?
I know that the American President lives in the White House, and the Queen of England lives in Buckingham Palace while the Prime Minister lives on 10 Downing Street. Where does the French President live?