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Here’s Why Obama Pressed the Red Button Inside the Oval Office

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Hint: It wasn’t for Coca-Cola

The red button atop the desk of the Oval Office has long been speculated to launch a nuclear attack. While that’s not the case, the button does summon an aide whenever a president needs something. Earlier this year, we learned that Donald Trump uses his for on-demand Coca-Cola. Now, it’s been revealed that Barack Obama used his button for something a little healthier — tea.

The Huffington Post reports that Obama shared this detail at a luncheon with billionaire Richard Branson, who writes about it in his new autobiography Finding My Virginity.

“As we stood up to leave [the Oval Office] I noticed the red buttons on his desk. Obama saw me looking at them,” Branson wrote in his book. “He said, ‘They used to be there for emergencies, but now I use them for ordering tea for my guests.’”

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