The Corner

A Note from the East Room

The weather in Washington is glorious — warm, a little wind, sparse clouds. The White House grounds look spotless. So why is the president’s press conference in the stuffy, gold-draped East Room? Inside, it’s like a casino: No clocks, narrow windows, and lots of fancy chandeliers. It feels insular, a place of palace intrigue. Why not hold it the Rose Garden? President Bush, for example, held his post-election press conference there after the Republican “thumpin’”of 2006. Optics, of course, matter little long term, but they can cast a certain shadow, or light.

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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