The Situation Room of the White House, or as known by its official title the John F. Kennedy Conference Room, is one of America’s most historic meeting places and intelligence centers. When this busy, mission-critical meeting facility needed conference table accessories, they chose our Black Leather Conference Table Pads. Our pads were installed in the room during the first major renovation of the Situation Room, and we are very proud to that they have served 3 different U.S. Presidents without being replaced!
The Situation Room was founded in 1961 per the orders of then-president John F. Kennedy to combat the lack of credible information the United States had available during the Bay of Pigs incident. During the rooms construction it had secure communications systems installed that provide live audio, video and other forms of communication. The Situation Room also features some of the most dedicated staffers our country has to offer, tasked with keeping watch on certain sectors of the globe around the clock to keep the White House updated on national security matters or significant worldwide events. One of the most crucial tasks for the group operating the Situation Room is their preparation of the "Morning Book". The book is written each morning for the President, Vice President and White House select senior staff and contains the newest National Intelligence Daily, The State Department’s Morning Summary, plus diplomatic cables and intelligence reports. Also included in this ritual by the Situation Room is the President's Daily Brief, prepared each day by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
There has been only one top to bottom renovation of the Situation Room, taking place from 2006 to 2007. It was a massive project and after its conclusion allowed the Situation Room to not only house the National Security Council but also the Department of Homeland Security and the White House Chief of Staff’s office. These changes also helped to update security and communications technology. Pre-renovation the Situation Room used technology rooted in the year 1985 which could lead to misinformation or a breakdown in communication in today’s digital age. The room was completely rebuilt from the bricks up, both due to the amount of ancient technology blocking the way of new technology being implemented, but also so that they could have a much easier time renovating in years to come.
In May of 2008, the newly renovated Situation Room was unveiled, including a beautiful main conference table accessorized with our Black Leather Conference Table Pads. Since then, they’ve been in-use protecting the meeting table from the daily wear and tear of the operations of this busy, pivotal conference facility. The Situation Room hosts roughly 25 regularly-scheduled conferences a day, with approximately 250 regular attendees. It is a testament to the longevity and durability of the Dacasso Black Leather 17 x 14 Conference Table Pad to be in near constant use throughout 3 presidential administrations without being replaced. It is truly an honor to have our conference room accessories used in one of the highest-profile offices in the land, and we'd love to bring the same level of function and beauty to your conference facility!
Please note that our use of these videos and images in no way suggests approval or endorsement of our products by the President, the First Family, or the White House. These images are Official White House Photos by Eric Draper, Pete Souza, and David Bohrer.