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Life at the Top

Interesting stories about life for the future POTUS. President Reagan said the White House was like living in an eight-star hotel, but Harry Truman complained that the place was a “glamorous prison”.

The biggest changes are the intense security requirements for the president — which even include provisions for when he has to go to the restroom. But at least they don’t have this anymore:

At one time, the President and Vice-President were given three-inch-high models of the Washington Monument to put beside their beds. They had simply to knock them over to summon the guards. But the models were abandoned after Vice-President Dan Quayle – noted for being clumsy – knocked his over late one night while making love to his wife. In seconds, the door burst open, the lights went on and Mrs Quayle was thrown out of bed to the floor as bodyguards flocked around her husband to ensure his safety.

Also, because the risk of kidnapping is too great, the presidential girls will not be able to have sleep-overs at friends’ houses. Instead, we might see sleep-overs at the White House.