Melania has been busy lately, after coming off her “Be Best” tour and practicing her skills at attacking the press as her husband does. But it appears she had time to oversee the renovation of an integral part of the White House recently, and at the beginning of the month she unveiled the photos of the newly-redone White House Bowling Alley and even invited her Secret Service detail’s children to come and bowl a few games with her:
First Lady Melania Trump welcomed the children of her @SecretService detail to the White House this week to enjoy the newly renovated and restored White House Bowling Alley! 🎳 pic.twitter.com/qYxGSpx0XC
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 2, 2019
The Bowling Alley was originally built in the West Wing by President Harry Truman all the way back in 1947. But just 8 years later that was moved to the old Executive Office building, and in 1969, Richard Nixon put one in the basement, bigger and better than the two-lane setup Truman had envisioned. So it seems fitting that, on the 50th anniversary of the basement bowling alley, it would get a makeover.
Something that’s been around much longer than just 50 years, however, is the nickname of the White House itself — “The People’s House.” Shortly after President Theodore Roosevelt gave the building the name “White House” in 1901, the nickname took shape so that it would seem more approachable, since it had been previously called “The Executive Mansion.”
From the looks of the bowling ball photo in that tweet, however, it looks like Melania has a new nickname for the White House, and it’s perfectly fitting for the guy who works there now:
The first lady, Melania Trump, has overseen the renovation of the White House bowling alley.
Historically, the White House has been referred to as “the people’s house.” pic.twitter.com/Q7dZXNALAZ
— David Gura (@davidgura) May 1, 2019
But that’s exactly what Donald Trump thinks of the White House as — just as he thinks of the military as “his,” just as he believes he can simply declare laws, just as he thinks that he can just take funding from one project and move it to another — just as he believes America belongs to him.
Featured image is a screen capture.