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Billionaire Spills On What That Mysterious Box Is On President's Desk

For years there has been speculation about a little wooden box that sits on the desk in the Oval Office. The box is adorned with a gold Presidential Seal and has a little red button on top. All that's known about the device is that it's a special installment courtesy of the Secret Service Technical Security Division. But what is it used for? Billionaire Richard Branson found.

The biggest conspiracy theory regarding the button is that it is connected to the nuclear launch pad. While this is certainly alarming, more with some presidents than it is with others, it's not true. Thankfully, nuclear launch codes are a lot more complicated than the president pushing a single button. You’d think if it were that important, it would at least have a ‘do not push’ sign on it to prevent some unsuspecting White House curious visitor from starting World War III.

President Donald Trump says he likes to have fun with people, though, when it comes to that button. "Everyone does get a little nervous when I press that button," Trump said to reporter Demetri Sevastopulo of the Financial Times.

According to legend, the button was ordered by President Lyndon B. Johnson during his terms in the 1960's. It was reportedly used for the president to alert his staff that he wanted to be warned when the wife was on her way.

Some also point out that there is not one, but several call box buttons strategically placed in key positions around the White House — wherever the president might happen to sit on the job. One has been spotted in a dining room; another has been spotted at a press conference desk. There may be even more in the residence or in places that are off limits to photographers and visitors.

The mystery may be solved. Branson says he asked his good friend, former President Barack Obama, what the purpose of the mysterious button might be. Branson shares in his new book, 'Finding My Virginity'.

According to Branson, Obama used the button to order tea for himself and his guests. Branson quotes Obama as telling him, "They used to be there for emergencies, but now I use them for ordering tea for my guests."

Trump has likewise said that when he pushes the button, a cold serving of Coca-Cola appears.

The button is basically there to trigger an aide to bring the president whatever he wants, day or night, on demand. Whatever the president’s fix is, he can get it immediately.

It’s unclear if all the buttons scattered around the president’s seats in the White House have the same purpose, or if any are for a more official capacity than just keeping the POTUS happy. However, those who were worried about Trump’s finger hovering a little too close to the red button on the Oval Office desk can rest easy. It’s more likely going to result in diabetes than in a nuclear winter.

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