WH quickly scraps bowling alley renovation


Obama administration officials, possibly bowled over by criticism, quickly scrapped plans renovate a two-lane alley in the office building adjacent to the White House.

The General Services Administration on Wednesday posted a solicitation for bids to gut and rebuild the bowling alley in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, just steps from the West Wing.

The GSA said it had "been fifteen years since these lanes have had any professional, industry standard maintenance, modifications, repairs or attention."

“They are now irreparable," the solicitation for bids said.

Republicans quickly seized on a Time magazine story to knock the administration.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus posted a list of the president's priorities on Twitter, with items like the economy and securing the border crossed out. "Repair WH bowling alley," meanwhile, was accompanied by a checkmark and a link to the story about the project.

The lanes, built in the 1940s, were originally located in the basement of West Wing. That space is now occupied by the Situation Room. They were moved into the building across West Executive Drive in 1955 and are available for the use of White House employees and their guests.

The first family has their own one-lane bowling alley under the North Portico of the White House itself. It was installed by Richard Nixon during his presidency.

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