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Bugged: Obama's Roach Problem

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Cockroaches are the latest maintenance issue to re-emerge in the 213-year-old White House.

| September 17, 2013

Cockroaches are the latest maintenance issue to re-emerge in the 213-year-old White House, Yahoo News reports.

It was just a cockroach, one of millions around the world. But this one had a White House address, making it pretty special. Well, special at least to the reporters with workspace in the often-troubled basement of the press offices. Already this year, they have been treated to flooding, soaked carpet, mousetraps and the wondrous odors of mold.

"It was the size of a small drone," said Martha Joynt Kumar, professor of political science at Towson University, who led the effort Wednesday to capture the bug. Kumar, who has worked out of the press offices studying the president-press relationship for almost four decades, wanted to turn it into the General Services Administration, the agency responsible for the building. "I wanted to bag it so that the GSA would know what kind of issue we had," she said. "I chased it. But it got away behind some wiring."

The incident recalled the Carter administration’s battle with rodents in the White House during the late 1970s, the article noted.

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Source: Yahoo News


 

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