I have heard of clothing the poor, but never clothing a door.I am pretty sure that the door was clothsed (closed) due to it being the White House and all that.
I worked in the Main electric Room of the White House, we were not allowed to take cameras in. In the 50's YES...but with new concerns NO WAY...
They're like that when you go to Cuba too. Last time I went the immigration guys took a real long look at my Treo 600 phone and asked me a few times if it was a GPS.Many of our sites require us to leave them in the truck a few do not allow our trucks on the site with phones, GPS, pagers, ect...
i'm printing this one. I've been in many old buildings that looked like that's how they did it. that's how it looks under that panel. They are pretty long radius bends.I wonder if this is how they bent all that pipe: