By Les Kretman, NBC News White House producer
It's a cluster of umbrellas ( not beach), technical equipment and video cameras lined up along side the west side of the White House grounds. This is where the television networks and cable outlets from all over the world broadcast their White House reports. And during this time of economic crisis - Pebble Beach has been packed --- kind of like Coney Island on a hot summer day.
The presence of so much media now is a barometer of how important the meetings are today with the President, members of Congress and the two Presidential candidates Senators Barack Obama and John McCain.
Last night during the President's speech the story was much the same - besides NBC's live camera here - CNBC did all of its coverage from Pebble Beach....so did MSNBC....and everybody else.
This is a big change from the summer when the President was out of town and all the White House gear here was shrouded in heavy green protective covering. And, all attention was directed toward the political conventions and the daily movements of the candidates
The green is now gone ---- the beach is very much active. Time to swim.