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What are the most famous places of power in the English-speaking world?

1. The White House

The White House is in Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. The Washington Monument, the Capitol Building, the Jefferson Memorial, the Pentagon, and the Lincoln Memorial are also in the Washington, D.C. area. 

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For two hundred years, the White House has stood as a symbol of the Presidency, the United States government, and the American people. Its history, and the history of the nation’s capital, began when President George Washington signed an Act of Congress in December of 1790.

White House Facts

  • There are 132 rooms, 32 bathrooms, and 6 levels to accommodate all the people who live in, work in, and visit the White House. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 7 staircases, and 3 elevators.
  • President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name in 1901.
  • The White House receives approximately 6,000 visitors a day.
  • With five full-time chefs, the White House kitchen is able to serve dinner to up to 140 guests
  • For recreation, the White House has a variety of facilities available to its residents, including a tennis court, a jogging track, swimming pool, cinema, billiards room, and a bowling lane.

You can take a virtual tour of the White House here

The official office of the President of the United States is the Oval Office. This room situated in the West Wing of the White House has become associated in Americans’ minds with the presidency itself  for example, President Richard Nixon speaking to Apollo 11 astronauts during their moonwalk.

An Oval Office adress, the television broadcast of a formal presidential speech from the office, is rare and reserved for occasions with a sense of gravity, as when President Ronald Reagan addressed the nation following the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster, or President George W Bush addressed the nation on the evening of September 11, 2001.

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