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Gutterball: White House bowling alley won't be renovated after contract draws criticism

The White House abruptly cancelled a contract to renovate the Harry S. Truman Bowling Alley after it drew political criticism.

On Wednesday, Time reported that the General Services Administration had issued a federal contractor posting for the EEOB Bowling Alley, referring to its home in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

The Truman Bowling Alley was built in the West Wing in 1947 as a birthday present for its namesake, who actually hadn't played since he was a teenager. The alley was moved to the EEOB in 1955. Another lane was installed underneath the White House at the request of President Richard Nixon in 1969.

While most presidents have made the short jaunt to the EEOB for a bowling alley photo op (including President Obama, who professes no interest in such things), few besides President Nixon have made frequent trips.

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