Talk:White House

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Historic designations[edit]

Is there a reason that neither the article prose nor the infobox makes any mention that the White House is a National Historic Landmark?

New White House proposal[edit]

"A proposal was made to build a new residence south of the White House, but it failed to gain support." This sentence puzzles me, because I never saw any of that. Do you aybody know how that should have looked like? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 217.149.161.166 (talk) 11:57, 1 February 2017 (UTC)

Setting for the TV show[edit]

@Dhtwiki: "Setting" is a technical term used in the theater for "The designing and staging of the locale and background of a play."[1] In TV terms, it's the place where the action supposedly takes place, not the place where the show was filmed. So the setting for the TV show is the West Wing, although it was actually shot on a sound stage in Burbank.

I can't really think of alternate wording that would make this more clear. Can you suggest something? Kendall-K1 (talk) 14:45, 9 February 2017 (UTC)

I think the language recently added makes it more clear. Dhtwiki (talk) 14:59, 9 February 2017 (UTC)
It seems less clear to me, as now I don't know whether we're talking about the actual White House or the set on which the show is shot, but I can live with it. I've added a link to Setting (narrative). Kendall-K1 (talk) 17:26, 9 February 2017 (UTC)
How about now? And why would they replicate portions of the West Wing in the West Wing itself (although nowadays I wouldn't be surprised). Randy Kryn 17:50, 9 February 2017 (UTC)
Have we moved into another citation-needed situation? Is there a source for the additional information just added? I think that I possibly goofed in thinking that "setting" meant actually filmed there, and that the language could go back without creating too much confusion, unless someone else wants to chime in that it was unclear before. Dhtwiki (talk) 18:05, 9 February 2017 (UTC)
No source but my lying eyes, watching the show....unless, maybe it was filmed in the West Wing itself and the public just thought it was on a sound stage. Didn't they have to drag Sheen out of there that last day because he wanted to take the real Resolute desk with him?[citation needed] Randy Kryn 18:14, 9 February 2017 (UTC)

White House as metonym, or synecdoche, or whatever...[edit]

I think it was last summer that language was inserted in the first paragraph of the lead that related how "the White House" is often used to refer to the actions of people in it. It's been a subject of some dispute as to whether this constitutes metonymy (synecdoche has also been plausibly suggested) and whether using such a technical term in the lead is appropriate. I think that the language should be moved to its own section in the article where its rhetorical classification could be more appropriately described, supported by sources of course. A summary then should appear lower down in the lead than it does now, so as not to interrupt the description of the WH being built. Or, the present mention in the summary could be struck altogether. Dhtwiki (talk) 02:38, 7 March 2017 (UTC)