50 Strict Rules and Traditions the First Family Is *Supposed* to Follow

Like, you know, not heading to your private golf club when a natural disaster has just struck.

Smile, Coat, Trousers, Suit trousers, Collar, Shirt, Dress shirt, Standing, Outerwear, Formal wear,
Smile, Coat, Trousers, Suit trousers, Collar, Shirt, Dress shirt, Standing, Outerwear, Formal wear,
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In the wise words (opens in new tab) of former First Lady Michelle Obama, "You really don't know what you don't know until you're here." As we approach the one year anniversary of the 2016 presidential election, we couldn’t help but take a look back at the rules and traditions that have made the White House, well, the White House—and how they've evolved over the years. Ahead, 50 strict rules and traditions the first family is *supposed* to follow.

Rachel Epstein is an editor at Marie Claire, where she writes and edits culture, politics, and lifestyle stories ranging from op-eds to profiles to ambitious packages. She also manages the site’s virtual book club, #ReadWithMC. Offline, she’s likely watching a Heat game, finding a new coffee shop, or analyzing your cousin's birth chart—in no particular order.