White House Pebble Beach



 

Pebble Beach is the nickname for the White House North Lawn area that is covered with gravel, where television correspondents do their stand-up shots with the White House in the background.It is to the righthand side of the driveway that leads from Pennsylvania Avenue toward the entrance to the West Wing. Some recent administrations have not liked the way it has looked when technicians and camera personel eat their lunches in lawn chairs or sunbathe durning breaks in shooting. Under the Bush administration, the gravel was replaced with fieldsone.

From the 1970's to the mid-1990's, the networks did their stand-ups from the other side of the West Wing driveway, on the main section of the North Lawn. Not unexpectedly, the reporters and crews were creating a mess of the grass and even a mudhole when wet. This was especially bad during the Clinton/Monica incident. As a solution, the reporters were moved to the other side of the driveway and gravel was put down to solve the mud problem. Hence the name "Pebble Beach".

Since the area is no longer pebbled but concrete, “Stonehenge” emerged as another nickname for the spot where the TV networks do their White House reports.

Pebble Beach at the White House.

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