White House: Replica Oval Office report doesn't square
February 6th, 2013
01:10 PM ET
10 years ago

White House: Replica Oval Office report doesn't square

(CNN) - No decisions have been made to move President Barack Obama to a new Oval Office, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.

He denied the accuracy of a recent report from Real Clear Politics that the president would be relocated to a "nearly identical replica" of the world's most famous office during a forthcoming construction project on the West Wing.

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The February 1 report was cited widely by news outlets, including CNN, and cited "several knowledgeable sources." The report said a replica of the president's ceremonial office would be in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which is inside the White House compound and just across West Executive Drive from the West Wing. But the report also noted "unforeseen construction hurdles" could alter the plans noted in the report.

Carney and spokesmen for the federal agency in charge of facilities and renovations - the General Services Administration - initially declined to comment on the report.

But Wednesday, Carney denied that anyone would be moving soon "including the president."

"Reports about a replica Oval Office are false and no one is moving from the West Wing, certainly not – no decisions about that have been made and not on any time frame," the White House spokesman said.

The Real Clear Politics report did not attach a firm timeline to the project, rather reporting "the precise timing of the relocation and West Wing interior demolition is somewhat up in the air." It also cited an unnamed source as saying, "We have eight to 10 months to get ready."

Carney on Tuesday acknowledged that there is "constant work being undertaken on the overall campus but I don't have anything specific, but because this issue, because of the description of an alleged replica of the Oval Office was reported out I can tell you that that is false."

The president's official spokesman again referred reporters to the GSA for further information on White House renovations to the GSA.

When reporters replied that the GSA would not comment last week on the project, Carney replied: "I'm sure they know now, because they're probably watching, that this has come up. So we'll see what happens."

- CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Right wing conspiracy theories in 3, 2, 1..................

    February 6, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. lottie

    I'm sure the president can do business in any office . Why would it have to be a replica. Stupid article

    February 6, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. Wake up People!

    Oh boy, let the conspiracy theories begin.......... Oh heck. Let me start.....

    It's for his third term.....
    It's where he and Hillary will have their clandestine moments.....
    This could be fun!!

    February 6, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The February 1 report was cited widely by news outlets, including CNN, and cited "several knowledgeable sources."

    Fits in with all those other media "facts" they want us to bicker over. When they can't get a factual grasp on their theories, they ad lib in their knowledgeable sources hoping we won't understand their word salad of fact versus fiction.

    Otherwise known as we don't have a clue, but are game to all conspiracy theories we can throw around, thus allowing ourselves the ability to adjust to what narrative sticks best.

    February 6, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |