By now you've seen headlines like "Biden Removes Trump's Diet Coke Button from Oval Office." As the story goes, Trump had a red button mounted in a wooden box sitting on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. Pressing it signaled a servant to bring in a Diet Coke, reportedly Trump's favorite drink, on a silver tray. (Trump also joked to guests that it was the button, the one that can start World War 3.)
In new photos of the Oval Office, as redecorated by President Biden's staff, the red button is gone.
However, turns out the red button wasn't original to Trump:
So what's the story? According to an excerpt from Richard Branson's autobiography, Obama explained the button to Branson during a meeting in the Oval Office: "They used to be there for emergencies, but now I use them for ordering tea for my guests."
It's not clear why Biden has had the button removed. And the fact that a Presidential drink-ordering button has made national news perhaps signifies less panicky political news coverage for the time being.
By the bye, expect knock-offs of these buttons to appear on Etsy soon. It's just a matter of time before some enterprising craftsperson cashes in.
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I'm pretty sure that's actually the internet. Biden finally moved it back to the Big Ben.