There are many ‘issues’ that are addressed within the walls of the 213 year old White House. Last week, a familiar battle began when a cockroach was spotted in the basement of the press offices. Residents of the basement office have faced flooding, mousetraps, and mold in the past year.
But this isn’t the first unwelcomed guest to make its way into what is arguably the most noticeable building in the US. In 1977, Jimmy Carter lead a war against mice that had invaded The White House. When all was said and done, 61 mice had lost their battle against The White House.
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.”