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White House Home Theater: A Look Inside

By Grant Clauser
A tour inside the White House's home theater, where President Barack Obama enjoys a 3D projector. See how the theater evolved over the years.


I'm sure being president is a hard job, so Barack Obama needs to unwind in the evening too.


Lucky for him, the job comes with a home theater, and has for many decades. Several sources note that while the first movie was shown in the White House in 1915, the theater wasn't actually built until 1942.




Here's a tour of the official White House Family Theater. You'll notice the décor has changed significantly over the years as technology improved and presidential tastes changed.


The White House theater is used for much more than just watching Walking Dead on Sunday evenings. Some official functions take place there; guests are entertained and major speeches are rehearsed.


Unfortunately we don't know what equipment is actually installed in the theater - that's confidential information. What's on the president's DVR? Does the White House have a Kaleidescape? Are they an Xbox or PS3 family?

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My major interest was knowing what type of equipment was use, too bad it can't be mentioned, but by the looks of the 3D glasses which the first family, and staff are holding I bet it's not all that great. Does'nt look like allot of fun holding the glasses like that.


Interesting read about the history though.


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Interesting that Clinton and Obama are pictured with Hollywood elite while Bush entertained children. Just saying.
 

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Originally Posted by nelson6972 /forum/post/21704667


Its a hard job watching movies, golfing & vacations to hawaii on someone elses dime............

Are not all politicians on our dime .. ??
 

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Its a hard job watching movies, golfing & vacations to hawaii on someone elses dime............

It's an easy shot to fixate on that type of stuff, but the security to move him from point A to point B or the fuel bill of Air Force One to visit a foreign dignitary completely trounces any expense of the actual destination. Going to Ohio could potentially cost a fortune, the Hotel he'd stay while there would be immaterial in comparison.


As for any family or friend that travel with the President, minus the security, that also comes out of the president's salary. It's always been like that.


BTW, using that logic, one could whine about any government employee being on their dime.
 

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Its a hard job watching movies, golfing & vacations to hawaii on someone elses dime............

Yes, it's very easy to be President. Take any President of any party and look at their photos when they were first elected and then again when they left office either four or eight years later (in most cases). This job ages one faster than any other. Obama has aged significantly since he was elected and it's only a little over three years.


The President makes $400K of which they probably take home around $220K because it's all W2 income - none of it can be hidden in stock options, etc.

While that's far more than most citizens earn, a President could have probably made 50x that number if they had become a CEO of a large corporation. ran a large legal firm or Wall Street investment company. One of the reasons that we see such lame politicians these days (in both parties) is because most qualified people have simply decided that it's not worth becoming a politician: in spite of the rewards of power, it's simply not worth the grief.
 

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Look, I'm not one to turn this traditionally non-partisan sanctuary into a political debate, but let's be fair. Obama is not, by any stretch of the imagination, the most egregious presidential vacationer in recent history.


From PoliticusUSA:


"Bush spent 1,020 days of his presidency on vacation. To put this into context, John F. Kennedy spent fewer days in office, 1000, than George W. Bush spent on vacation. Bush spent 487 days at Camp David, 490 days at his Crawford ranch, and 43 days in Kennebunkport. George W. Bush spent 69 days in Crawford during his first year in office. In contrast, according to FactCheck.org, Obama spent all, or part of, 26 days of his first year in office on vacation. This was less than all three previous Republican presidents, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush, but more than the two previous Democratic presidents, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton."


While I can't find up-to-date figures on this, CBS reported this in August 2011:


"President Obama has taken 61 vacation days after 31 months in office. At this point in their presidencies, George W. Bush had spent 180 days at his ranch where his staff often joined him for meetings. And Ronald Reagan had taken 112 vacation days at his ranch."


We all have our political leanings, and lord knows I have my issues with Obama, but attacking him on his vacations is a bit weak given his relative restraint compared to his predecessors.


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Originally Posted by RSN /forum/post/21705337


Look, I'm not one to turn this traditionally non-partisan sanctuary into a political debate, but let's be fair. Obama is not, by any stretch of the imagination, the most egregious presidential vacationer in recent history.


From PoliticusUSA:


"Bush spent 1,020 days of his presidency on vacation. To put this into context, John F. Kennedy spent fewer days in office, 1000, than George W. Bush spent on vacation. Bush spent 487 days at Camp David, 490 days at his Crawford ranch, and 43 days in Kennebunkport. George W. Bush spent 69 days in Crawford during his first year in office. In contrast, according to FactCheck.org, Obama spent all, or part of, 26 days of his first year in office on vacation. This was less than all three previous Republican presidents, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush, but more than the two previous Democratic presidents, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton."


While I can't find up-to-date figures on this, CBS reported this in August 2011:


"President Obama has taken 61 vacation days after 31 months in office. At this point in their presidencies, George W. Bush had spent 180 days at his ranch where his staff often joined him for meetings. And Ronald Reagan had taken 112 vacation days at his ranch."


We all have our political leanings, and lord knows I have my issues with Obama, but attacking him on his vacations is a bit weak given his relative restraint compared to his predecessors.


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And frankly no President is ever truly on vacation. To say I wasn't too fond of Bush is putting it mildly, but even when he was on vacation at the ranch they'd have meetings there, dignitary visits, etc. It's always more complicated than one sentence could ever hope to convey.



But hey! How about that theater? :)
 

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And frankly no President is ever truly on vacation. To say I wasn't too fond of Bush is putting it mildly, but even when he was on vacation at the ranch they'd have meetings there, dignitary visits, etc. It's always more complicated than one sentence could ever hope to convey.



But hey! How about that theater? :)

Agreed.


As for the theater, I think some of our own AVS members have better setups.
 

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But hey! How about that theater? :)

I'm not impressed .. many of the HT's here on AVS trump the White House ..
 

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I'm not impressed .. many of the HT's here on AVS trump the White House ..

Well it was built by the goverment. Over budget and under performs. Just like the Boston Big Dig.
 

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I'm not impressed .. many of the HT's here on AVS trump the White House ..

Sheesh, I was just trying to lighten things up...


And I 100% promise you that if it was TOO nice, people would be mad about that too. It's like hosting the Oscars, you aren't going to win. ^_^;
 

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....a President could have probably made 50x that number if they had become a CEO of a large corporation. ran a large legal firm or Wall Street investment company......

Unless you are only qualified to be a community organizer.
 

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Sheesh, I was just trying to lighten things up...


And I 100% promise you that if it was TOO nice, people would be mad about that too. It's like hosting the Oscars, you aren't going to win. ^_^;

I would not slam it it it were too nice ..



I've always thought of the White House as being a place where we can showcase America ..


And I'm sure there are plenty of companies that would line up to provide American equipment / install free .. if they would let them disclose that info ..
 

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I would not slam it it it were too nice ..



I've always thought of the White House as being a place where we can showcase America ..


And I'm sure there are plenty of companies that would line up to provide American equipment / install free .. if they would let them disclose that info ..

I totally agree on the showcasing part. But that's only because we're AV nerds. Somewhere else, someone will be mad they didn't upgrade the bowling ally. ;-)
 
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