SWIPE: During the past 218 years, the most powerful people in the world have lived in the White House. It is not every day that you get to visit the people's house and get a behind the scenes glimpse at the center of modern democracy.
When I walked past the secret service agent at the north-fence of the White House, I thought to myself "if only the walls can talk, the trees can tell stories, we would know so much of what they witnessed over the past two centuries". . .
They were there from the beginning and witnessed the most important moments of our nation's history: .
1800: The 2nd American President, John Adams, moved in to the all new White House. .
1814: British soldiers burned the White House, then called the Presidents House, along with the capital building. It was later rebuilt by President Madison. .
1841: The first sitting American President, William Henry Harrison, died in office of natural causes. .
1865: President Abraham Lincoln ends slavery in the United States, and is later assassinated in Ford's theater, on April 14, dying the next morning. .
1929: President Herbert Hoover leads the nation during the Great Depression, when the stock market suddenly crashed and brought the American economy to it's knees. .
1941: Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, in result President Franklin Roosevelt decides to enter WWII, which brought to the ultimate downful of the Nazi Regieme and the liberation of our parents and grandparents 4 years later. President Roosevelt also implemented the New Deal which took the US out of the great depression. On April 12, 1945, President Roosevelt died in office of natural causes. .
1963: On November 22, Lee Harvey Oswald, tragically kills President John F Kennedy at the age of 46. My mother used to tell me that his death shook the nation, most holocaust survivors were still young and they were convinced that World War 3 is just around the corner. .
1974: On August 8, Richard Nixon became the first, and so far only, US President to resign from office after a year long cover up of his involvement in the Watergate scandal. His Vice President, Gerald Ford, assumed office on that day and later pardoned Nixon.