I am here to report that the White House Oval Office is not an abstraction. It's a real place. And that President Obama keeps a bowl of fresh apples on the coffee table for guests to partake of. By the way, the room is not nearly as spacious or as grandiose as I had originally thought. And the hallways at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. are narrow enough to leave visitors, this one included, with a touch of claustrophobia.