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Trump Opts For Gravitas Of The Oval Office As He's In Need Of A Game-Changing Moment

In the third week of the shutdown, President Trump will give a national address about the unbuilt wall on the Mexico border and the partially shuttered government.
President Harry S. Truman speaks during a television address from the Oval Office in 1947. Source: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images

When President Trump addresses the nation from the Oval Office on Tuesday night he will be sharing the space with more than a teleprompter and an array of TV cameras.

The room with the legendary shape will also be filled with ghosts. The spirit of every president in the television age will be alive in the memories of millions watching at home.

To some degree, that is the idea. When you address the nation from the iconic broadcast space all presidents have inhabited since Harry Truman,, of momentous decision-making.

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