Hurricanes usually have a way of pulling people together despite political or other differences. Usually.
As Irma approaches south Florida, though, we’re seeing a contingent of Twitter users actually hoping for a direct hit on President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago.
Rest assured POTUS and family will be safely elsewhere should Irma come calling. And the grand estate has likely weathered quite a few past storms over the years.
Mar-a-Lago was built by cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and opened for the 1927 winter season with 58 bedrooms and 33 bathrooms. Its name means “sea to lake,” signifying the property’s position stretching between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.
Post died in 1973 and willed the estate to the U.S. government. However, Mar-a-Lago’s high maintenance costs prompted the government to decline.
The estate was empty until Trump purchased it in 1985 for $10 million. Trump and his then-wife Ivana spent years restoring the property.
Construction of the White House, home to every of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800, began in 1792. It’s hosted 17 weddings over the years. Other fun facts, courtesy of the White House Historical Association: President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 clemency to a turkey started the annual Thanksgiving pardon; Lincoln’s ghost supposedly haunts the place; and the first official White House china was created for James Monroe in 1817.
Still, the impending storm has meme makers busy:
Political snark aside, here are some preparation tips people in the storm’s path would be wise to heed:
The hits do keep coming. BTW Mar-a-Lago’s address isn’t a big secret. Google it and it pops up on the venue’s web site, apparently to some meme makers’ delight: