The Situation Room turns 50
May 13th, 2011
04:06 PM ET
12 years ago

The Situation Room turns 50

Washington (CNN) - President Obama marked the 50th anniversary of the White House Situation Room Friday by naming a secure conference room after former President John F. Kennedy, delivering remarks and thanking staffers for their "around-the-clock" work.

"We could not meet the national security challenges that we face without the capabilities of this room and the people who work here," the president said, according to a release sent out by the White House press office. "It's the President's eyes and ears. Providing the latest information and alerts, it's the nerve center for the U.S. government, the place where we come together to make policy and respond to crises from wars abroad to floods at home."

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