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Children in the White House



Children in the White House
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.73

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    double-edge, standing, perks, entranced, presidential, royalty, thereafter, prom, misery, roller-skated, thereby, diminish, security, guinea, spotlight, splendid
     content words:    President John F., John F., Jacqueline Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy, John Jr, Cecil Stoughten, White House, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, Ulysses S.


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Children in the White House
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Caption: Photograph of President John F. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Jr., Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy,and Caroline Kennedy with their dogs during a weekend in Hyannisport. The dogs are Clipper (standing), Charlie (with Caroline), Wolf (reclining), Shannon (with John Jr.), two of Pushinka's puppies (with Mrs. Kennedy). Photograph taken by Cecil Stoughten.
 
2     Imagine you were the son or daughter of a president. What would your life be like? Would the White House feel like a palace or a prison to you? That might depend on your experience.
 
3     Dreaming about life in the White House might make life there appear perfect. Obviously, there are many luxuries that come with White House living. However, Thomas Jefferson called it "a splendid misery." Only a small group of people alive today can relate to his comments.
 
4     The White House serves two purposes. It holds the Office of the President, thereby making it an important location for national business. At the same time, it is the home of the president. Therefore, the White House is also the home of the president's family.
 
5     Sharing one's life in the White House with the whole nation is also a double-edge sword. On one hand, it allows people to connect and relate to the first family. This can sometimes help politically. On the other hand, it can diminish any privacy one has.

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