Nation: Home Notes

Thanks to Jackie Kennedy's antiques program, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and Teddy Roosevelt might recognize some of the White House trappings. But more recent Presidents would probably have a hard time finding their way around the place and its premises. For if the New Frontier has done nothing else, it has certainly changed 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—and, for that matter, the ways of presidential life.

Take the White House swimming pool, once F.D.R.'s pride and joy. It used to have one wall with windows. But no longer. The windows have been filled in and in their place, as a gift from the President's...

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