This is the room they spent their time in and where they entertained close friends. Ike painted in this room and the television at the end of the room (to the left of the photo but not in the photo) was most often on. In fact, the Eisenhowers usually took their meals in this room eating off TV trays. If you are not old enough to know what a TV tray is google 1950 TV tray images. They were cheap, metal, flimsy and prone to not being completely snapped together and so would occasionally fall apart when loaded with you food. The were particularly prone to do that on major holidays. Or maybe that was just my experience!