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Web site takes cybervisitors on multimedia tour of the White House hosted by Bush
President Bush, shown in this image from video, gives a tour of the Oval Office, pointing out details like a bust of Winston Churchill.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 â€” The White House has opened its doors for guided tours by President Bush and the first lady â€” but only in cyberspace. A multimedia Web site, inaugurated Wednesday, also includes video tours of the West Wing by Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne.
LAUNCHED TO COINCIDE with the 100th anniversary of the West Wing, the site substitutes for the public White House tours that were curtailed last year after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Bushâ€™s seven-minute Oval Office tour, recorded in June, shows the president pointing out features such as the rug that â€śhelps make this room an open and optimistic place,â€ť a bust of Winston Churchill on loan from the British government and paintings of Texas, â€śbecause thatâ€™s where Iâ€™m from and where Iâ€™m going.â€ť
Others making appearances on camera include chief of staff Andrew Card, senior adviser Karl Rove, press secretary Ari...