The Oval Office Has Been Remodeled

It looks grand!

While President Obama was on a much deserved vacation the Oval Office was given a needed update.

I think one of the perks of being President or First Lady would be the chance to update and redecorate the various rooms of the White House.    With so many pieces of art and historic artifacts to choose from the possibilities would be endless. 

When it comes to the Oval Office there are some things that remain regardless of the person serving the nation.  For instance, the golf shoe marks left by President Eisenhower near the door in the Oval Office.   But for the most part the rest is up to the President to decide on how it looks.

Even though I am one who places more color into rooms than most I must say I love the color scheme for the office.  It looks professional, powerful, and yet warm and inviting.

Gone is the sunburst rug that Mr. Bush loved so much; designed by his wife, Laura, he used to say it evoked a spirit of optimism. In its place is a more muted, mostly wheat and cream-colored carpet featuring the presidential seal in the center, and ringed on its edge with five quotations selected by Mr. Obama – four from former presidents (Lincoln, Kennedy and both Roosevelts) and one from the Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Mr. Bush’s yellow brocade couches have been replaced with two custom-made sofas of brown cotton that resembles velvet. They face a boxy table, fashioned from American walnut and mica, that features a fruit bowl – not flowers – as its centerpiece. There is a lone navy blue pillow on one of the couches, which pulls in the blue from some new, modern table lamps.

The new wallpaper is striped, gold and yellow, but the pictures – portraits of Lincoln and Washington – have remained, as has the grandfather clock. Mr. Obama reupholstered Mr. Bush’s two mahogany chairs and kept the desk, called the Resolute, that every chief executive since Rutherford B. Hayes — with the exception of Johnson, Nixon and Ford — has used.

5 thoughts on “The Oval Office Has Been Remodeled

  1. RailPro

    the president should have turned office renovation monies to the bp oil spill victims. if he is on vacation all the time, why does he need a renovated office.

    1. Anne

      President Bush was always on vacation and he had the office redone. His vacation days when all were added up were noted in years.

  2. James

    These are the quotations the president chose for his rug:

    “The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt
    “The Arc of the Moral Universe Is Long, But It Bends Towards Justice” – Martin Luther King Jr.
    “Government of the People, By the People, For the People” – President Abraham Lincoln
    “No Problem of Human Destiny Is Beyond Human Beings” – President John F. Kennedy
    “The Welfare of Each of Us Is Dependent Fundamentally Upon the Welfare of All of Us” – President Theodore Roosevelt

  3. Bryan

    “…golf shoe marks left by President Eisenhower near the door in the Oval Office.”

    Just a thought, I remember watching a PBS documentary about LBJ, and I guess one day Lyndon said “Look what that SoB did to my floor!” when he was trying to apologize to his assistant AG.

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