“Nice place!” the actor Bryan Cranston said to President Obama as he glanced around at the White House. “When are you putting it on the market?”
The Oval Office looks eerily familiar, even to a couple of first-time visitors: that solid oak desk with the South Lawn behind it through floor-to-ceiling windows; the pair of comfortable-looking sofas on an oval rug with the presidential seal; and on a gray afternoon, a nimbus of light glowing above the crown molding at the ceiling.
“I’m only leasing,” Mr. Obama replied. “I just want to make sure I get my security deposit back.”