“We could not meet the national security challenges that we face without the capabilities of this room and the people who work here,” the President said.
The president called the staffers the “eyes and ears" of the President that provides the latest information and alerts. "It’s the nerve center for the U.S. government, the place where we come together to make policy and respond to crises from wars abroad to floods at home.”
The President also presided over a ceremony to name a secure conference room after the father of the Situation Room, President John F. Kennedy.
|President Obama with advisers in the Situation Room viewing bin Laden capture.|
Neither the Vice President, nor Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were said to have been in attendance at the ceremony.