President Theodore Roosevelt once said, “I don’t think that any family has ever enjoyed the White House more than we have.”
This seems to be the truth. As the 26th President of the United States (from 1901-1909), Teddy’s six children (and numerous animals) had free range of the house. He often encouraged their playing and childlike adventures. Almost every member of the family owned a pair of wooden stilts including, some sources state, the President and First Lady.
However, Teddy did lay down the law when it came to some of his children’s antics. He once caught his son Quentin trampling the flower bed with his stilts and ordered his son out of the gardens. At his rebuking Quentin sullenly responded, “I don’t see what good it does me for you to be President.”