February 20th, 2017
It should come as no surprise that there’s a swimming pool in the White House. I mean there’s a movie theatre, a bowling lane, a billiard room, 28 fire places! So a swimming pool would be a must! In actuality there are two swimming pools in the White House, but one has no water, and is buried under the press room!
The first pool (that’s empty now) was built in the 1930’s when Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office. President Roosevelt, who had polio and was paralyzed from the waist down, used swimming as his primary source of exercise. Money was raised by the public to help pay for the 50ft by 15ft indoor pool built in the West Terrace, between the White House and the West Wing.
About 40 years later President Richard Nixon realized the need for a press briefing room in the White House, and so he had one built, right on top of the original pool!
The President’s house wasn’t pool-less for long. In 1975 President Gerald R. Ford was commander-in-chief. The athletic POTUS was an avid swimmer, and reportedly used the outdoor swimming pool he had built almost every day.
No word yet on whether our current president has used the (now heated) swimming pool since moving to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue last month, but we do know he likes pools! Van Kirk & Sons Pools & Spas renovated the pools at the Trump National Doral back in 2014, before he was President Donald Trump.