Filed under: Domestic Policy, History | Tags: President Barack Obama, The Historical Oval Office, The Oval Office Redecorated
While the Obamas were on vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, the Oval Office was redecorated. Most presidents redecorate the Oval Office. They spend a lot of time there and like to have it express their own taste, rather than that of their predecessor. The cost of the redecoration comes from private funds, instead of taxpayer money. A tour through the history of the Oval Office is available here.
The new decor is slightly more informal than George W. Bush’s Oval Office, with leather covered chairs, and more neutral colors. Republicans immediately jumped on everything they disliked about the decorations, calling it bland and motel-like, which is nonsense. It is a tastefully decorated room, a little more neutral than the Bush decor. Save your criticism, Conservatives, for things that matter. Don’t nit-pick. You aren’t really criticizing presidents, but decorators.
If you are determined to criticize, suggest that the President refrain from putting his feet on the Resolute desk. And do take a look at how past presidents have decorated the Oval Office. You’ll find plenty to criticize there, and the union has survived.
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