For the first time in more than 50 years, the White House is expecting a boy. Following many years of "white house daughters," Barron Trump will be the first son to call the White House home since John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1963. While Barron's father, President Donald Trump, moved into the White House on inauguration day, Melania stayed behind in New York so that Barron could finish out his school year. Now that the First Lady and her son are ready to make their move into the presidential living quarters, here's a look at what Barron Trump's new life will be like as a kid in the White House.
Where the Kids Live
The family's private living quarters are located on the second and third floors of the White House. Just like their parents, the White House kids are allowed to decorate their own spaces, says Edward Lengel, chief historian of the White House Historical Association. Each first family also has discretion over how they use the private quarters. The Bushes, for example, "were very open with the private quarters. Laura Bush even let documentary filmmakers film there," New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor told Chicago Magazine in 2012. (Kantor wrote a book about the Obamas.) In contrast, the Obamas kept their residences extremely private. "Their attitude with the private quarters [was], 'This is Sasha's and Malia's home,'" Kantor said. Now an 11-year-old, Barron, who is around the same age that Malia was when her father first became president, will call the White House private quarters home. It's where he and his mother will likely spend most of their private time.
Security and Privacy
Like the president himself, the first family is assigned their own security detail to protect them 24/7. Considering the heavy security that surrounds his home in New York, Barron may not find his newly appointed White House detail to be much of a change of pace. According to historian Edward Lengel, White House kids don't have much privacy or freedom of movement beyond their private living quarters.
Not every president's family reacts the same way to these constraints. In Ronald Kessler's 2010 book, In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect, one Secret Service agent recalled Chelsea Clinton to be one of the better White House kids who "treated the detail right, told them what was going on, never gave problems that I knew of." In contrast, the Bush sisters, Jenna and Barbara, had a notorious rebellious streak; they tried to ditch their detail on several occasions and wouldn't tell them where they were going or who they were seeing. Unlike the Bush sisters, who were in their college years during their father's presidency, Barron will just be entering middle school and may not be as determined to give his secret service agents the slip.
It's Almost Like It Was Built for Kids
The White House has a basketball court, a jogging track, a swimming pool, a movie theater, a billiard room, and a bowling alley. Despite the tight security, White House kids through history have thought of creative ways to make their own privacy and fun within the White House walls. According to Lengel, Jimmy Carter's daughter Amy had a treehouse built on the White House grounds, while Chelsea Clinton made herself a secluded breakfast nook. Barron, who reportedly has his own floor in the family penthouse at Trump Tower, may be the first presidential kid to find the White House a downgrade.
Other White House Perks
Living in the White House is not without its advantages. One of these is a full kitchen staff at the first family's beck and call. Even though the president pays for his own groceries, he relies on the staff to whip up all the meals. Upon moving into the White House, President Trump reportedly stacked the kitchen with his favorite snack, Lays potato chips (not to mention plenty of Coke), and just like his father, Barron will most likely be able to add his favorite foods to the White House kitchen list. There's even a special kitchen dedicated to sweets.
And in additional to running into the occasional Hollywood star or world leader visiting the president, the youngest White House residents have been known to hold their own star-studded events. In the summer of 2016, Malia Obama, whose birthday falls on July 4, celebrated her 18th birthday (and independence day) with a White House party featuring Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monae. The first daughter was serenaded by her dad and the two musicians, who sang "Happy Birthday" to her.
A final White House perk? Travel. Not only do White House kids get to travel in style aboard Air Force One, every once in awhile kids will accompany their families on international trips. While in the White House with their father, Sasha and Malia Obama joined their parents on whirlwind trips to China and Cuba.
First Family Duties
It's not all cake and parties. Barron may be called upon to perform ceremonial duties as well. Traditionally, White House kids participate in holiday activities such as the Easter Egg Roll, which Barron and Melania attended this year despite not yet living in the White House; the annual Turkey Pardon, which takes place around the Thanksgiving; and the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony held in front of the White House grounds.
Once Barron is old enough, he may also attend White House State Dinners. In March of 2016, Malia and Sasha turned heads at their first State Dinner. The girls were famously photographed having a fangirl moment over actor Ryan Reynolds who attended the dinner with his wife Blake Lively.
A White House Pet?
If Barron follows White House tradition, he will most likely get a pet. Like the First Family, the White House pet also becomes a national icon. The Obamas welcomed their two dogs, Sunny and Bo, into the family, while the Bush family housed five pets in the White House, including their Scottish terrier Miss Beazley. Back in 1861, a 7-year-old Tad Lincoln brought his ponies into the White House in addition to his pet goats, Nanny and Nanko, who slept with him in bed.
Back in December, it was rumored that a friend of Trump's had offered him a Goldendoodle named Patton. But unfortunately the pet's owner, Lois Pope, decided she was too attached to the pup to give him up—and besides, she never heard back from Trump. For now, anyway, the White House remains pet free for the first time in generations.
Getting Used to a New School
In addition to moving to a new home, enroll their son at the private St. Andrews School in Potomac, Maryland. As Melania said in , "We are very excited for our son to attend St. Andrew's Episcopal School. It is known for its diverse community and commitment to academic excellence."will also start at a new school. The Trumps have decided to
In the past 50 years, Jimmy Carter's daughter Amy, was the only White House child to attend a Washington public school. But Barron also breaks a more recent White House schooling tradition by choosing St. Andrews over the District's elite Quaker institution, Sidwell Friends, from which Chelsea Clinton and Malia Obama graduated, and which Sasha Obama still attends.
Finding First Love
Though an 11-year-old Barron may not be interested in dating quite yet, being a White House kid does make pursuing romantic relationships somewhat difficult. During President Clinton's presidency, the media kept a close eye on Chelsea's relationships with Stanford classmate Matthew Pierce and White House intern Jeremy Kane. And when questioned about his daughters' future dates, former President Obama told Good Morning America's Robin Roberts in a 2012 interview, "I have men with guns that surround [Sasha and Malia] often." Obama then then added with a laugh, "And a great incentive for running for re-election is that it means they never get in the car with a boy who had a beer. And that's a pretty good thing!"