Mystery of the West Wing Hole: Is Obama Building
a Super-Bunker Under the White House (or Maybe He's Treating Hhimself
to a Swimming Pool?)
It is a huge
hole in one of the world's most famous gardens but nobody knows
what it is for.
torn up an enormous section of the lawn in front of the White House
for a mysterious, top secret project.
The hole by
the West Wing is roughly 100ft by 100ft in size and has for the
first time in living memory left the ground and pipes beneath the
Oval office exposed to the elements.
have ranged from an update of the air conditioning system to something
But that has
not stopped speculation that the President is installing something
else entirely from a swimming pool to a spa.
guessed it could be an expansion of the presidential bunker, which
was originally built in the time of Franklin D Roosevelt.
What is known
is that every day for the past 17 months workmen have come and gone
with nobody revealing what the project it.
The funds were
allocated after 9/11 and apparently it will eventually link up with
the Presidential Operations Centre.
That room was
featured in former vice President Dick Cheney's memoir as the place
he took shelter after the September 11 attacks whilst former President
George W Bush was on Air Force One.
A White House
official quote by by the New York Times could only say that
the general idea was an expansion of the emergency base of operations.
'It is security-related
construction. Even we don't know exactly what,' he said.
1792 and 1800, the White House has seen a string of amendments and
additions to its main building and the grounds over the years.
War II a bomb shelter was constructed under the East Wing, although
this was later converted into an operations room.
In 1969 President
Richard Nixon added an underground bowling alley whilst the sub
basement was later put in, along with an incinerator, laundry and
changing rooms for White House performers.
Michelle Obama has also made a feature out of the White House garden
and has often spoken of how she likes to grow fruit and vegetables
improvements are overseen by the General Services Administration
which claimed the construction was to update the air conditioning
and electrical systems.
Sara Merriam told the New York Times that it would later
continue on the other side of the White House's grounds.
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