Another White House


It turns out that Briarcliff Road’s Atlanta White House (pictured above) isn’t the only life-sized replica of the President’s home to be built by a Middle Eastern man with more money than taste.

From the obituary of Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd:

In “The Saudis: Inside the Desert Kingdom” (Norton, 1987), Sandra Mackey said he “built one elaborate palace after another,” including an exact replica of the White House in Washington, D.C. (He never moved in because of the political repercussions of a Saudi king’s imitating an American president.)

On a side note, I wonder if any Atlantans will be mourning King Fahd’s death. After all, his dedication to keeping oil cheap throughout the 80s and 90s makes him as responsible for Atlanta’s sustained economic boom as any one person since William B. Hartsfield.

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