In 1801, Thomas Jefferson was the first president to take the oath of office in the United States of
America’s permanent capital, Washington D. C.. Although Washington was a new city, it was already
familiar to President Jefferson. In fact, Jefferson had helped plan the capital’s streets and public buildings.
Besides being a city planner and architect, the new President was a writer, a scientist, and the inventor of
Jefferson lived in the Presidential Palace. The Palace was more than a home; it contained offices for
the President and some of his staff and advisors. It also included dining and reception rooms, where the
President could entertain congressmen. However, President Jefferson did not give many formal parties.
This was partly because there was no First Lady. Jefferson’s wife died in 1782. But it was also because
Jefferson liked to live in a simple fashion. Once, he showed up for an important meeting wearing old
clothes and slippers! Neither George Washington nor John Adams would ever have dressed so casually.
Jefferson was different from the first two Presidents in other ways, too. He disagreed with them about
how the country should be run, and about what part a President should play in running it.
【題組】According to the passage, what was the Presidential Palace built to be?
(A)A residential unit. (B)A office for staff.
(C)A meeting place for congressmen. (D)An office building and home.