Fact-Checking First Lady Michelle Obama's Saying White House 'Was Built by Slaves'

Fact-Checking First Lady Michelle Obama's Saying White House 'Was Built by Slaves'“And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn. Michelle Obama’s description of her daughters playing on the lawn of a White House built by slaves struck a chord with some listeners — a poignant reminder of the historical significance of Barack Obama’s serving as the country’s first black president. While the White House is often referred to as the people’s house, when construction began on the presidential residence in 1792, it was indeed slave labor that helped build it.

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