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vigeo
10-03-2012, 09:38 PM
My questions have to do with a US president. If I'm being too particular here just tell me.
If you were writing a story and the president needs a computer to study video with his National Security Advisors would he do this in the Oval Office, the Situation Room or another room in the West Wing? And if he needed to watch the evening news would they bring a TV into the Oval Office? I've seen a few photos on Wikipedia and I have not seen either in the OO. Also, if a reporter arrives unannounced at the WH where does he go and who does he speak to (before he is turned away).

Siri Kirpal
10-03-2012, 10:02 PM
Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

The president and his family have private quarters in the White House. I assume that's where he'd watch TV. Not sure about the computer.

Blessings,

Siri Kirpal

Beth Raymond
10-04-2012, 02:53 AM
I'm not a journalist, so take the info below only if you don't get a response from someone who has direct knowledge. :)

To get anywhere near the actual White House, you have to go through a security checkpoint--even people who work there can't just walk in without their credentials. There are several of them--regular visitors going on a White House tour go to one on the east side, and people going to the West Wing go to one on the (surprise) west side, and I know there are at least a couple others. Note: the checkpoints aren't right up against the White House...once you get through, you still have to walk a bit to get to the building.

Someone wanting to get in would have to go to one of these security checkpoints and provide the appropriate info to the guards there to be allowed in. There probably is a standing list for regular White House correspondents as I imagine they've been security cleared already, but they would still have to go through a checkpoint to get inside the building.

jclarkdawe
10-04-2012, 04:03 AM
Understand that depending upon the President, the Oval Office may or may not be an actual working office. Some Presidents use it for impressing people, but do their actual work someplace else. There's a small study just to the west of the Oval Office.


My questions have to do with a US president. If I'm being too particular here just tell me. Most of this is somewhat common knowledge.

If you were writing a story and the president needs a computer to study video with his National Security Advisors would he do this in the Oval Office, the Situation Room or another room in the West Wing? If he wants to "study video," it would probably be the Situation Room, or some other room where someone can brief him on what he's watching. Realize that the President is going to want some of his staff to watch it with him. The Oval Office is actually rather small, only about 35' the long way. There's a floor plan for the West Wing on Wikipedia.

And if he needed to watch the evening news would they bring a TV into the Oval Office? I think that behind one of the hidden doors is a video communications center, updated as technology demands. I think there are pictures out there showing various Presidents watching TV in the Oval Office.

I've seen a few photos on Wikipedia and I have not seen either in the OO. Also, if a reporter arrives unannounced at the WH where does he go and who does he speak to (before he is turned away). There are two security points, and I believe the first is out at the gates. Look up the Salahi gate crashing incident. Without prior clearance, a reporter shouldn't make it past the gate.

Best of luck,

Jim Clark-Dawe

cornflake
10-04-2012, 09:02 AM
What does the reporter want and who are they?

The WH Press Corps is credentialed and has its own office in the West Wing. Those people work there - they show up when they want and their credentials provide access.

Other members of the press would apply for a credential for whatever reason, or call the press secretary for whatever they wanted. Theoretically, someone not a member of the WH press could, yes, just go to the WH and ask to speak to the press secretary and depending on who it was, they may get in to do so.

There have been TVs off and on in the Oval Office - there's always one in the outer, afaik.

There's a computer on the President's desk, though if it's sensitive video, he could go someplace else like the Sit room or other places.

John342
10-04-2012, 09:28 AM
My questions have to do with a US president. If I'm being too particular here just tell me.
If you were writing a story and the president needs a computer to study video with his National Security Advisors would he do this in the Oval Office, the Situation Room or another room in the West Wing?
There are no completely right answers to this. It is wherever the resources are, or wherever is most convenient. The President pretty much dictates how he absorbs information. It could be a lot of places. I would suspect that the National Security Advisor would like to do this in a secure location with only people with clearance present. That leaves a whole litany of places open... you can craft your own.

And if he needed to watch the evening news would they bring a TV into the Oval Office? I've seen a few photos on Wikipedia and I have not seen either in the OO.
The president doesn't spend his entire day in the Oval Office. Again, this is completely up to the individual. If the President wanted a TV in the oval office, I am sure there would be one. However, i don't think he would interrupt family time or dinner to go back to the oval office and watch TV. To be sure there are plenty of TVs in the family quarters.

Also, if a reporter arrives unannounced at the WH where does he go and who does he speak to (before he is turned away).
There is a gate at the rear of the White House for credentialed people to enter. Someone who is not credentialed as an employee, but rather a press person would be held at the secret service check point while they inquired inside if he could come in.


I don't work there, but my answers reflect what I know of or have read on the subject. I have been to the gate, been escorted in, and I believe that's the way it works.

Hope this helps,

John

vigeo
10-04-2012, 11:54 PM
Corrections made. Thanks for the help. I'll post a couple more questions next week and then I'll make the final read of the story.