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The Ghost Pool in the White House

The press room of the White House has a secret. The requirement to easily communicate with the modern world doomed the pool’s privacy. In the first years of Richard Nixon’s presidency, a flooring was laid over the pool, and was remodeled to what’s the now-familiar James S. Brady Press Briefing Room. While hidden from view,…

The press room of the White House has a secret.

The requirement to easily communicate with the modern world doomed the pool’s privacy. In the first years of Richard Nixon’s presidency, a flooring was laid over the pool, and was remodeled to what’s the now-familiar James S. Brady Press Briefing Room. While hidden from view, the swimming pool still exists full of thousands of feet of cable running into lighting and various computer servers along with other pieces of technology. Celebrities who undergo the full uncensored tour of the White House have taken to signing the hidden tile partitions of the waterless swimming pool.
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Photo credit: White House Museum
To know why, you need to look back 80 years, to when Franklin Roosevelt was president of the USA. The president was completely paralyzed from the waist down, and had affected with polio before the age of 40 –the extent of his paralysis was hidden from the general public through photo opportunities and speeches through the use of a cane and leg braces.
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Photo credit: White House Museum
What you probably don’t understand is the Press Room has a secret. A secret buried for at least 40 years. The leader of the world would wind up landing , of all things, the deep end of an swimming pool that is empty if that the ground gave way under the president. Maybe 1 day it will see the light. You have probably seen that the Press Room of the White House a thousand times–the location where the President stands behind a podium, addressing a roomful of reporters clamoring to ask uncomfortable questions. In the first years of his retrieval, Roosevelt found that swimming was an perfect means of exercising his entire body, including his emaciated legs. In what had been a basement laundry, Therefore there was a swimming pool installed. The swimming pool was cutting edge,”featuring underwater lighting, sterilizers and the latest gadgets.” It continued to be used to follow–the father of JFK even commissioned a mural that covered three of the four partitions at the pool room.

Author: Pool Markerter
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