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Obama White House celebrates 50 years of the Situation Room being there

May 13, 2011 |  2:14 pm

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Statement by the Press Secretary on 50th Anniversary of the White House Situation Room, as provided by Jay Carney

To mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the White House Situation Room, today the President delivered remarks to the Situation Room staff to thank them for their around-the-clock work to keep the President informed and the country safe.

“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. Situation Room 2011

“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.”

The President also presided over a ceremony to name a secure conference room after the father of the Situation Room, President John F. Kennedy.

In attendance at the ceremony were:

President Obama, Caroline Kennedy, John "Jack" Schlossberg, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan, Former National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger, Former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft, Former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, Former National Security Advisor Richard Allen, Former National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane, Former National Security Advisor John Poindexter, Former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, Former National Security Advisor James Jones, Former Homeland Security Advisor Fran Townsend and Former Homeland Security Advisor Kenneth Wainstein.     ####


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Photos: Yoichi Okamoto / Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library (Johnson meets in the Situation Room during a 1967 crisis); Pete Souza / White House (Osama bin Laden raid, 2011).