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Trump's Dig at His Digs
His statement drew criticism on social media. Former White House photographer Pete Souza, shared a photo of the famous façade on Instagram, writing, “What a shameful thing to say…It belittles the honorable men and women who make the White House the exemplary historical place it is.” Chelsea Clinton tweeted a message of gratitude to the White House staff “for all you do every day.”
Here's a refresher on seven of the White Houses’ most notable and meticulously maintained spaces to decide for yourself.
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The Blue Room
One of the spaces open to the public for tours, this oval room is maintained by the 96 full-time and 250 part-time employees (as of 2015) who care for the presidential residence and ensure it runs smoothly.
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The Yellow Room
Though each incoming president has the opportunity to change the design of the interiors (this photo is from the George W. Bush years), the White House's butlers, chefs, valets and groundskeepers aren’t replaced with every new administration. Eugene Allen, the subject of the 2013 movie The Butler, served eight presidents.
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The Red Room
Jackie Kennedy, who famously redecorated the White House with Sister Parish, made note of the marble mantel here — one of two that have been in the house since 1817 — during her famous televised tour in 1962. Many of the house's oldest furnishings are there today thanks to her efforts.
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The Green Room
This parlor was originally John Adams' guest bedroom, then Thomas Jefferson's dining room, then James Monroe's card room.
During his wife's tour, John F. Kennedy chimed in to add, “Anyone who comes to the White House as a president desires the best for his country, but I think he does receive a stimulus from the knowledge of living in close proximity to the people who are legendary but who actually were alive and were in these rooms.”
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The State Dining Room
This grand hall seats up to 140 guests and is used for large formal gatherings. Theodore Roosevelt mounted a moose head above the fireplace during his tenure and changed out carved lion heads for American bison, a feature the Kennedys reinstated in 1962.
Michael S. Smith, who decorated the Obama's quarters, noted that before he started the job he "read every letter and note from Abigail Adams, Jacqueline Kennedy, Sister Parish, Stéphane Boudin, Kaki Hockersmith—anyone who had ever contributed to the history of this building,” he told Architectural Digest. He even had calls with Nancy Reagan and a lunch with Lee Radziwill, Jackie Kennedy's sister.
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The Family Dining Room
Smith worked with Michelle Obama to incoporate significant works by American artists including Robert Rauschenberg and Alma Thomas in the Family Dining Room.
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