Here is a funny story from our files, that happened somewhere in the last 50 years: A foul and persistent odor (not magnolias) forced the First White House to close for five days recently.
No it was not a “flag flap” about the Confederate Battle flag. Instead a large and exceedingly ripe possum had expired without being thoughtful or affluent enough to arrange a decent burial for himself, thus demonstrating the pitfalls of failing to make “pre-need” arrangements.
By then it was post need-time and his mortal needs were removed, unceremoniously, I presume…after a decent time of mourning the First White House is back in business!