In the most perfect example of symbolism in a long time, it has been revealed the White House is infested with rats.
We all knew there were pests walking the halls of the White House since earlier this year… but we didn’t know they’d brought actual vermin with them.
According to NBC Washington, there have been numerous complaints of mice, cockroaches and ants in the whole building.
Apparently, someone also broke a toilet and asked for it to be fixed out of hours.
The mice are apparently setting up shop in the situation room and the White House Navy mess food area.
There are cockroach infestations in four parts of the White House, as well as a bunch of ants scurrying around the office of John Kelly – the chief of staff.
To be fair, there are around the same number of requests for maintenance as there have been in previous administrations.
Former General Services Administration Inspector General Brian Miller said maintaining the old building is a massive job.
It’s an enormous job. GSA is assigned to manage that job. GSA hires contractors and subcontractors for the [maintenance] work. Then the agency must watch over the contractors.
They are old buildings – any of us who have old houses know old houses need a lot of work.
Miller said working in the White House is particularly difficult due to the historic nature of the work, and said even wallpaper and wall paints must be protected from scratches and handled with special care.
Apparently there is a special team on site at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House thanks to the high volume of requests.
It has been estimated the total cost of repairs in the White House alone amounts to around $100,000 per year, based on an estimate of $2.13 per square foot in annual maintenance costs for GSA buildings in Washington D.C.
Well, let us hope they can get rid of the other, much larger, infestation in the Oval Office some time soon…