BBC – The Oval Office is America’s frontal lobe. It’s the place in the brain of a presidency where the world can witness the synapses of an administration snapping, its neurons firing – the space in which we assess its psychological motivations, see what makes it tick. Photos of John F Kennedy’s children romping there, of a stiff Richard Nixon attempting to unwind with Elvis Presley, and of the Obamas boogieing with a spry centenarian, have all imprinted themselves onto the US national consciousness and helped shape the way we regard the cerebral spirit of an administration – how we assess its mental health. – read more 

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