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Call this a situation room?

Posted by Andrew Cooper on April 30, 2009

Fellow fans of the West Wing – or anyone who has seen any Hollywood representation of the White House’s situation room – will know what it’s supposed to be like.  Dimly lit, packed with technology, huge screens dominating the walls, most of the participants in meetings wearing enough gold braid to sink a medium sized battle ship.  And so on.

The real thing – courtesy of the White House’ Flickr stream (photographer one Pete Souzas) is distinctly disappointing.


The only technology I can see is the single coffee flask at the rear of the room.  There are some blotters and a bunch of middle aged men (and one woman) reading paper documents.  Paper documents!  That’s it.  Come on guys, where’s your sense of theatre?


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