Hillary Clinton quietly turns Roosevelt Room into nursing mothers suite
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Amidst little fanfare, Hillary Clinton ordered the conversion of the Roosevelt Room into a suite for nursing mothers, confirmed Press Secretary Leslie Jones.
“As you know, childhood nutrition is a big deal for this administration. We believe that starts right here, in this White House.”
Jones continued: “We have well over a dozen nursing mothers on staff. Those that choose to pump should have the opportunity to do so in a place of comfort and respect.”
The Roosevelt Room has traditionally been used for staff meetings and to announce the appointment or nomination of new staff members. These meetings will now be moved to one of the other 132 rooms in the White House.
“President Clinton would sooner have a staff meeting in one of the White House bathrooms than force our nursing mothers to pump in one,” said Jones.
Maya Lin designed the room. It has been seamlessly divided into six separate nursing stations using an undulating privacy wall. Each nursing station has a comfortable chair with a foot rest, a television set, a kindle, a well-stocked mini fridge, a sink, a nursing pillow, and a smartphone charger.
“I wanted to embrace the eternal concept of the flow of motherhood,” said Lin. “My hope is that this room will help these hardworking women meet not only the country’s needs, but their children’s as well.”
Jones said that the installation of the nursing suite was a small price to pay for keeping women on staff.
“Our best workers are mothers, period,” said Jones. “They can multitask, they know the answers to the most random questions, they have endless patience, and they are great at working out compromises. Plus they always have an extra wipe on hand, which has come in handy a surprising number of times already. We want to do everything we can to let them know they are valued and to keep them here, fighting the good fight.”