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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 05:37 PM

Report: Obama leaving the Oval Office, for another. UPDATE: debunked

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Report: Obama leaving the Oval Office, for another

(CNN) - One of the most iconic symbols of the presidency will soon have a twin.

Real Clear Politics reported Friday that President Barack Obama will vacate the Oval Office for a major West Wing renovation project but will take up a desk in a "nearly identical replica."

The Oval Office replica was expected to be in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which is inside the White House compound and just across West Executive Drive from the West Wing. But the report also noted "unforseen construction hurdles" may alter the current plans.

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Full article here: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/01/report-obama-leaving-the-oval-office-for-another/





UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE


Jay Carney Says Replica Oval Office Story Is ‘False’

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MR. CARNEY: But I can say specifically there — the reports about a replica Oval Office are false, and no one is moving from the West Wing. Certainly, no decisions about that have been made and not in any timeframe that –

Q You’re saying that no one is moving from the West Wing, you mean including the President?

MR. CARNEY: Including the President.

Q Even though renovations may be made?

MR. CARNEY: Well, again, I don’t have — for what kinds of renovations — I mean, you guys have looked around and seen that there’s constant work being undertaken here on the overall campus, but I don’t have anything specific. But because this issue, because of the description of an alleged replica Oval Office was reported out, I can tell you that that is false.


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Full article here: http://www.mediaite.com/online/non-replica-of-jay-carney-says-replica-oval-office-story-is-false/


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Reply Report: Obama leaving the Oval Office, for another. UPDATE: debunked (Original post)
Tx4obama Feb 2013 OP
freshwest Feb 2013 #1
Raine1967 Feb 2013 #2
Drunken Irishman Feb 2013 #3
Jennicut Feb 2013 #5
mopinko Feb 2013 #4
csziggy Feb 2013 #6
TeamPooka Feb 2013 #7
davidpdx Feb 2013 #8
Sunlei Feb 2013 #9
Sunlei Feb 2013 #10
whistler162 Feb 2013 #11
Sunlei Feb 2013 #13
hedgehog Feb 2013 #12
Sunlei Feb 2013 #14
NYC Liberal Feb 2013 #15
high density Feb 2013 #16
Tx4obama Feb 2013 #17
Tx4obama Feb 2013 #18

Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 05:53 PM

1. I hope they modernize a number of things there.

Which will probably make the RWers howl!

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 05:56 PM

2. Wow, This was really interesting.

Especially this part:
Presidential historian Martha Joynt Kumar - a political science professor at Towson University and director of the non-partisan White House Transition Project - said the West Wing has been renovated in a "patchwork" way over the decades but major and necessary "electrical work … restructuring of office space … structural work" would not be feasible while the Oval and surrounding offices are in use.


While I kinda like the idea of the replica, is it necessary or is it ceremonial? I admit, I want to see him in the Oval Office... and I want him back in the real one asap.

I bet Conservatives will LOVE the fact that he's not going to be in the official office...

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 06:05 PM

3. Will it be done before Obama leaves office?

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 09:20 AM

5. It will take two years so it will be done (hopefully) before he leaves office.

Other Presidents have faced this too. Harry Truman moved out when the entire WH was restructured because it was falling apart.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 07:35 PM

4. that's just weird.

and a little creepy.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 09:24 AM

6. Especially that last paragraph!

"It's going to be important to have a major symbol of the presidency," she said. With a replica, Obama would be able to "put the Oval in your pocket and carry it across the street."

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 07:22 PM

7. It's a replica Oval to use for photo ops that will have a consistent "look" for history.

things is getting weird.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 10:36 AM

9. should auction all that old stuff and build new and modern.

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Response to Sunlei (Reply #9)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 10:37 AM

10. keep the art and books/papers only.

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Response to Sunlei (Reply #9)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 11:49 AM

11. Yeah just pick up some stuff at the IKEA.

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Response to whistler162 (Reply #11)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 01:31 PM

13. lol, IKEA has bulletproof tents? :)

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 12:23 PM

12. Truman had the interior stripped down to the walls and rebuilt:

Not long after the Truman Balcony was completed, the main body of the mansion was found to be structurally unsound. Floors no longer merely creaked; they swayed. The president's bathtub was sinking into the floor. A leg of Margaret's piano broke through the floor in what is today the Private Dining Room. Engineers did a thorough examination and found plaster in a corner of the East Room sagging as much as 18 inches. Wooden beams had been weakened by cutting and drilling for plumbing and wiring over 150 years, and the addition of the steel roof and full third floor in 1927 added weight the building could no longer handle. They declared the whole house to be in imminent danger of collapse.

Plans were discussed to demolish the building and rebuild it to the same design, but in the end, Truman went to Congress and requested the funding to rebuild the White House from the inside out, leaving only the stout brick outer walls and the rebuild the interior largely on the same plan as the existing house—very much the way President James Madison had done in 1814.

The old interior of the Residence was dismantled, leaving the house as a shell with the two modern wings. Some of the existing interior detail was saved, especially fireplace mantels. Some of the scrap was sold as souvenirs.

http://www.whitehousemuseum.org/special/renovation-1948.htm

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #12)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 01:35 PM

14. interesting!, I wonder what they found inside the walls,behind the bricks, and in the earth.

I think most of the white house original was built, bricks made, with slave labor.

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #12)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 04:49 PM

15. Truman also wanted to build an extension onto the West Wing:

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 08:34 PM

16. Can't we just accept that the oval office is under construction

and that he will be using a substitute non-oval office in the interim? This isn't a TV show.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 05:49 PM

17. The OP has been edited to add an UPDATE. The OP has been debunked. n/t

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:01 PM

18. Kick. Also, Maddow did a debunction junction segment on this issue tonight. n/t

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