The eclipse is (mostly) coming
We'll say this: The only thing you can see through a safe solar filter from a reputable vendor is the sun itself. Nicholas Batra, an ophthalmologist and president of the California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.
But for a week now, the West Wing has been one big construction site. In their place are painters, plumbers and construction workers.
The tour included a stop in the Oval Office, its wall covered in plastic and the traditional carpet removed, exposing tricolor parquet floors.
President Donald Trump is enjoying a 17-day working vacation with members of his family at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf course estate. His close aides have temporarily moved to the adjacent Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The main goal of this summer's work is to update the creaking air conditioning system.
It's not often you see cranes, bulldozers, and hard hats at the White House but with Trump away for two weeks, the government is spending $3.4 million to renovate as much of the people's house as possible. The renovation will not only be structural, but cosmetic as well, with plans to change some West Wing's walls and carpets. The paint project costs taxpayers $275,000.