National Geographic : 2009 Jan
• IN THE SIT ROOM the President prepares for a videoconference with Iraq's prime minister. Only staffers with the highest clearances are allowed in the White House Situation Room, a high- tech command post where experts brief the President on national security issues from looming hurricanes to terror threats. Even those who fly on Air Force One rarely see the President's quarters (below, at right). Only Secret Service and select stewards routinely pass those doors.