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From JFK to Omarosa: The White House Situation Room's history-making moments

From JFK to Omarosa: The White House Situation Room's history-making moments

In the spring of 1961, John Kennedy's White House had a situation, but no Situation Room. Kennedy had just endured the attempted Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba, a fast-moving fiasco that left the president frustrated at the confused flow of intelligence into the Oval Office.

And so, putting his own Naval aide in charge of construction, a group of contractors and some Seabees worked at night to convert the mansion's basement bowling alley into what is still the country's most famous ultra-secure work space: the White House Situation Room.

This week, the room is in the news as the surprising scene of the firing of former presidential adviser and reality show foil Omarosa Manigault...

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