|Independence Day (1996) White House destruction|
With the release of the movie White House Down (2013), where terrorists take over the White House, its time to look back at all the worst examples of security at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
The White House is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States since 1800. It's located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.
It's one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. It's so common, it even appears on the back of the U.S. $20 bill.
Security is pretty tight in the White House these days, but in movies, the thing gets attacked all the time.
Here are the top five times the White House has been attacked in science-fiction and superhero movies.
#5. Superman II (1980)
General Zod and his soldiers attack the White House and make the President kneel.
#4. G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
After Zartan impersonates the President and destroys the world's arsenal of nuclear weapons, COBRA takes over the White House and hangs flags over the front. This one actually left the White House completely intact and, since the President was a fake anyway, didn't endanger the President. It's not easy to create an exact duplicate of the President, infiltrate the White House and trick the world leaders into leaving themselves defenseless, so this is the most complicated plan of them all.
#3. 2012 (2009)
If you needed more proof that Roland Emmerich hates the White House, he destroys it again in 2012. This time he uses a massive wave with the help of the USS John F. Kennedy.
#2. Independence Day (1996)
The aliens park a ship over the White House and use a massive laser to demolish it. The first bit of proof that Roland Emmerich hates the White House.
#1. X2: X-Men United (2003)
There's a reason tours aren't allowed in the White House anymore. They say it's because of sequestration, but I think it's because they watched this movie. Thanks to a helpful tour guide, Nightcrawler makes it all the way into the Oval Office and almost stabs the President.
Which is the worst White House attack you've ever heard of? Is the President safe in any movie?
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