The East Room of the White House — with its vaulted ceilings, ornate chandeliers and gold curtains — is the closest thing to a throne room the United States has
When set up for a presidential news conference, as it was last Wednesday morning, it is magisterial.
The president is announced, and the doors to a long hallway swing open. He steps onto the podium, towering over reporters squeezed tightly into the wooden chairs before him.
It feels a bit like an audience…