Even though John is no longer exclusively working at The White House, I think it fitting to post a blog about the famous White House Press Room and the fact that John used to spend countless hours there. Which is his chair to be exact? I for one don’t know for certain, but Smajhar over at the foto sharing site Webshots apparently went on a White House tour in late 2002 and took a photo that claims to be John’s chair.
I wonder if that tidbit of information was pointed out during the tour or if there was some other marking indiciating who the chair belonged to. (Does that gold plate have his name on it?) Nevertheless, it is still interesting to imagine that this is the chair John used to sit in for many years while working on The White House beat:
Recently the press room went under an 11-month remodeling project. Apparently there were problems with asbestos, poor air-conditioning and general disrepair. Here are a few pictures from ABC news which show the newly-remodeled space:
It certainly looks clean, spacious and comfy. But the above is in contrast to what it used to look like:
Hardly glamorous, huh? And narrow to boot! With all the camera and crew lounging around like that it is a stark contrast to what you see on TV! (The above picture was taken by someone I know when she was on a special trip to Washington DC.)
The reason The Press Room always looks bigger on TV and in official pictures is that people are sitting or standing in the side aisles, giving it the appearance that it is wider than it really is. In actuality, before the remodeling, the rows were only about 5-6 chairs wide. The newly-remodeled room looks like they’ve added an extra chair or two to each row.
Some members at the Yahoo group were fortunate to find a few pictures of John sitting in the press room:
I wonder who gets the fortunate opportunity to sit in John’s chair now?