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 ‚ÄĒ The White House has opened its doors for guided tours by President Bush and the first lady ‚ÄĒ 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.
Bush‚Äôs seven-minute Oval Office tour, recorded in June, shows the president pointing out features such as the rug that ‚Äúhelps make this room an open and optimistic place,‚ÄĚ a bust of Winston Churchill on loan from the British government and paintings of Texas, ‚Äúbecause that‚Äôs where I‚Äôm from and where I‚Äôm going.‚ÄĚ
Others making appearances on camera include chief of staff Andrew Card, senior adviser Karl Rove, press secretary Ari...