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Fact-Check: White House Overrun With Cockroaches And Rats | The Precision

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A Rat passed as Obama gives address

The White House is over 200 years old
and not the best building in America when it comes to keeping vermin
out. But one would think that the most powerful man in the richest
country in the world could stop cockroaches, rats and mice from taking
over his home. Carter had mice. Bush had rats. And Obama has
cockroaches.

It’s
not the biggest story in the news today. But it’s a fact that this
author wasn’t aware of, and truth be told, it’s quite disgusting and
unbelievable. Apparently, it’s no secret that the White House – the home
of the country’s sitting President and his family – has always had a
problem keeping unwanted vermin out. And once again, the problem is so
out of control it’s making the President and the entire country look
bad. 

History of vermin in the White House

This isn’t the first time the cockroach, mouse and rat problem in the
White House has gotten so bad, it’s making the news. As the National
Journal piece reminds readers, former President Jimmy Carter had a
near-meltdown in 1977 when a meeting he was having with the Italian
Prime Minister was invaded by the unbearable stench of dead mice coming
from the walls of the White House meeting rooms.

Carter was so angry and frustrated at the time that he wrote in his
diary, “For two or three months now I’ve been telling them to get rid of
the mice. They still seem to be growing in numbers, and I am determined
either to fire somebody or get the mice cleared out – or both.”

First lady Barbara Bush had her own run-in with a giant rat during
the Bush occupancy of the White House. While taking her daily swim in
the White House pool, she was horrified to see a huge rat swimming with
her. “It was enormous,” Mrs. Bush told reporters at the time, “and did
not look like a Walt Disney friend, I’ll tell you that.” The first lady
was fortunate in that episode as the family dog Millie came to her
rescue, taking care of the unwanted rat for good.
Typical federal response

Perhaps the most frustrating, and yet not surprising aspect of the
ongoing White House vermin infestation is the dysfunctional manner in
which federal officials have gone about addressing the problem. As
mentioned by former President Carter, the responsibility for keeping the
White House free from roaches and rats falls to two separate government
agencies. And in typical fashion, they spend more time pointing fingers
at each other than eliminating the infestations.

The General Services Administration (GSA) is responsible for keeping
the inside of the White House free from vermin. The Department of the
Interior is responsible for keeping the outside clear. For decades, GSA
officials have insisted that the problem lies with the Interior Dept.
because the rats and roaches are all coming in from the outside. But
officials from the Dept. of the Interior counter that the pests are all
on the inside of the White House and not their jurisdiction.

At first, this story generates shock and outrage from most Americans.
But realizing that the victims are all members of the White House like
President Obama and the Bill Daleys and Rahm Emanuels of the world,
along with the very same members of the corporate-owned media who love
to fill our TV’s with pro-Obama love stories – there’s something
strangely satisfying knowing that they’re all forced to spend their days
overrun by cockroaches and overwhelmed by the stench of dead rats in
the walls.

It reminds this author of a line from his book, Romantic Violence in R World, ‘Here’s another life lesson. Karma’s real. What goes around, comes around. You get what you give. It’s all true.’ (WhiteOutPress)

Source: The Precision

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