Presidential Kids

Cynthia Dermody

Can you imagine your toddler getting full run of a home as big as the White House? Just envision the potential for exploration, discovery, and smashing lots of valuable stuff while Mommy or Daddy were busy in the next room negotiating World Peace.

We haven't had a toddler in the White House since the Kennedys. Caroline was 3 when her family moved in, and John-John was only weeks old. Tomorrow we find out who the next batch of White House kids will be. Will it be Meghan, 23, Jack, 22, Jimmy, 20, and Bridget, 17? Or Maila, 8, and Sasha, 5?

As you count down the final moments of the election, take a walk down memory lane with some of these Presidential progeny:

Amy Carter, 10, enjoyed having sleepovers in a tree house on the South Lawn--here she is in the tree house at right,  with dad, Jimmy, and nephew Jason Carter.

And because we can never get enough of the Kennedys--John-John, which is a nickname, came from a reporter mishearing JFK calling to him (he said John twice in quick succession). A photo of little Caroline with her pony inspired singer Neil Diamond to write his hit song, "Sweet Caroline," a fact he revealed only when he performed it at her 50th birthday party in November 2007.

William Lincoln, 10, did his studies in the Oval Office. His brother, Thomas "Tad" Lincoln, 8, was a brat who had free run of the White House, and there are stories of him interrupting Presidential meetings, drilling the White House guard, collecting animals and charging visitors to see his father.

Susan Ford, 17, arranged for her school's senior prom to be held at the White House.

Alice, Theodore Jr, Kermit, Ethel, Archibald and Quentin Roosevelt (ages 16 to 3) had a house full of animals, including a pony, macaw, badgers, snakes, and raccoons.

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