No Open Windows!
Living in America’s most famous and historical house comes with many advantages. The White House is situated at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in Washington, D.C. Presidents have been calling this place home during their term since John Adams served in 1800. Because the president is the most protected person in the country, it is reasonable that his home would be guarded in the same manner. Some of the restrictions of the First Family in the White House may seem a bit unusual to you, but it all boils down to the same intention; protecting the president and his family. So, what’s the first restricted activity in the White House? Nobody is allowed to open any windows in the White House.
During Obama’s presidency, his wife, Michelle, had a very difficult time adhering to this rule. She often missed the simple freedom of opening the windows and feeling the fresh air on her face. She jokingly shared with Ellen DeGeneres how she would spend her first year out of the White House. “I just want some wind in my face,” she said, and laughed that she would “spend the first year just hanging out the window.” “The windows in our house don’t open,” Michelle Obama continued, referring to the White House windows that are permanently sealed.
You think that the president has access to all of the newest and latest gadgets? While he would definitely be able to obtain them, that won’t do him much good as he probably is prohibited from using them. The reason for that is, of course, security. The first president to have a smartphone was President Barack Obama.
Obama was granted the approval to keep a Blackberry during his presidency, although he had to accept that it would be heavily moderated by the secret service. You could hardly call it a smartphone. Obama said of the phone “Does your three-year-old have one of those play phones? That’s basically the phone I got.”