First Lady Perks!

See what privileges and responsibilities await Michelle Obama and her clan when they move into the White House. By Oliver Jones and Aaron Parsley


For decades, presidents and their wives have enjoyed access to the Sequoia, a 104-ft., 150-ton yacht built in 1925. John F. Kennedy celebrated his final birthday onboard and Richard Nixon famously played "God Bless America" on the ship's piano after deciding to resign. FDR had an elevator built in the presidential stateroom (inset), but Lyndon Johnson had it removed to make room for a bar. While Jimmy Carter had the boat sold in a public auction, the yacht is still available for use by the White House.