One of the best perks about being president is the fact that you get to live in the White House. The building is surrounded in historical magnificence, architectural wonder… and all the free meals you could want, at whatever hour of the day you want them.
There are, of course, caveats with living in the White House. Even the leader of the free world has to follow the rules that are set at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue every once in a while. Here are some of the general rules that come with living in the White House that every president has to abide by. You might be surprised to learn who pays for the president’s meals.
Moving into the White House means you have to face your own mortality head-on. The job is, after all, one of the most dangerous in the world, considering the number of people who make credible threats on whoever is the president each year is in the hundreds. As such, it’s important to plan for the possibility that you, as president, could die while in office.
Only eight presidents in total have died while serving as commander-in-chief, but that represents about 17 percent of the total number of people who took on the job. As such, one of the first projects a president must do is plan their own funeral. They must decide how much fanfare will be involved, whether it will be a simple or grand occasion, and all the minute details that go into a national day of sorrow. It’s kinda scary to think about, but making tough decisions is part of the job.