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Oval Office Makeover0


There was very little fanfare about the recent Oval Office makeover. Judging by the pictures, I can see why. I mean, I’m not expecting red velvet, but what’s with all of the beige?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal outlined all of the new accouterments, which include a new rug, new wallpaper, new chairs, new couches, and a new coffee table. Apparently, taxpayers had no say, because frankly, they didn’t pay for it. The White House Historical Association picked up the tab, thanks to a contribution from the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

Despite the blah look, there are two very cool call-out items. The first is an oval rug, which has quotes from former presidents Kennedy, Lincoln and both Roosevelts, as well as the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Guess you can’t get that at IKEA, huh?

The quotes are:

  • “The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • “Government of the People, By the People, For the People” – President Abraham Lincoln
  • “The Arc of the Moral Universe is Long, But it Bends Towards Justice” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “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

The other nifty thing about this room is that everything is American-made. Tracking down those (matching!) items must have been the most difficult portion of the project.

The entire redesign was done while the Obama family vacationed on Martha’s Vineyard. There’s no word on whether Ty Pennington was anywhere near this extreme makeover — kidding!

by Rachel Cericola

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