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Undercurrent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:51 PM
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The rug (photos)
The current floor:


Taft (the old Oval Office before the 1929 fire)


FDR:


Reagan:


Clinton:


Bush (cost $68,000):
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lamp_shade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:53 PM
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1. Actually, I like it. n/t
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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 12:52 AM
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72. It's lovely.
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Afikpo Chic Donating Member (28 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 01:44 AM
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73. Gorgeous Rugs
Hopes Obama will keep them.
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AndyA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:53 PM
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2. I like the hardwoods best. Cuts down on the dust, and is easier to maintain.
Yank up the rug and just leave the beautiful hardwood floors exposed. No need to "hide" them now!
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:54 PM
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6. That wood design would give me a headache:) I like Laura's rug
she has better taste in carpeting than in husbands :)
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:59 PM
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35. She has fine taste in decor. Look at the curtains she wears!
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:54 PM
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BeyondGeography Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 12:18 AM
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70. 3 posts in and you're ripping Michelle
I smell pizza.
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Simplylivin Donating Member (7 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 12:33 AM
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71. You know what?
Why is it that I'm ripping Michelle if I use the same exact phrase that someone else used?
Besides, it isn't even true that Laura Bush's clothes look like drapes... like it or not, she's an attractive & classy woman.
Some of Michelle Obama's clothes are attractive, and some are less so.
It's a fact. It has been established that a large number of people didn't like some of her clothes.
Not that it's important at all... but let's remember, it was not I who began speaking of clothing worn by first ladies and former first ladies.
I speak my mind... I wasn't ripping Michelle. I wish her the best. I just thought her dress looked like drapes. ;)
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Afikpo Chic Donating Member (28 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 01:50 AM
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74. Mrs O has great taste
Look who she is married to.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:46 PM
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64. Yes, I think that version of the Oval office is very nice.
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:13 PM
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27. Whomever laid that needs an award....
... putting that diagonal pattern into an oval room.

Too bad he's not still alive. He could fix the economy.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:53 PM
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3. It looked like Obama was using Bush's rug in today's photographs. nt
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:03 PM
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37. Obama said he would keep the rug
Some people think it's in the spirit of bi-partisanship, which is probably not a bad idea. It does lighten up the room a lot giving it just the right sun shiny feeling of this new era we're coming into.

Plus, I'm beginning to think that Obama wants to practice what he preaches about being thrifty. It wouldn't be very good if he just spent like the Drunken Bush years.
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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:34 PM
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45. He is, he's opted not to change it for the time being.
Personally I like the Clinton rug, but I have a weakness for rich blues. I think they mesh well with the off-white of the walls.
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nyc 4 Biden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:05 PM
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50. I agree. I prefer Clinton's rug as well.
It just looks very presidential. The Bush rug ain't too bad either I guess.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:28 PM
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54. The first rug was HIDEOUS!!!!!!! He must have changed for 2nd term. nt
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:28 PM
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53. Agree on the blue with whiteish walls. nt
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sfpcjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 03:11 AM
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75. Me too
Edited on Thu Jan-22-09 03:23 AM by sfpcjock
The yellow Clinton curtains look gaudy but the Reagan successor sun rug has got to go: it's Hitlarian. Barney probably pooped on it so they can take it out. I know that it will stay because Barack is trying to be parsimonious in the current crisis. Anyway, he gets $100,000 to do modifications on his Whitehouse. I hope he does something good with it for the girls or Michelle. :D

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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 03:52 PM
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83. I think the Clinton curtains were meant to convey blue and gold.
Which is a beautiful combo, but finding the right shade of yellow-gold is incredibly difficult. Often it ends up either looking mustardy, like those did, or almost neon. Might have opted for either a rich, medium-dark red, or else a light slate blue/grey color instead.

Of course, you can also raise more money from private donations to refit the White House.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:53 PM
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4. I like Reagan's the best. So sue me. :) nt
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:56 PM
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8. Reagan's decor was typical '80s color palette..too brown/rust for today's tastes
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 05:58 PM by SoCalDem
The rug was nice though.. They needed to get rid of that orange-y brown swag on the drapes..

The light airy look it has now is great..he should keep it until something else comes to his mind :)
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:57 PM
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15. And I was thinking that was rose to match parts of the rug. nt
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:04 PM
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20. whoops.. I was conflating FDR's & Reagan's
not enough sleep here :)

Reagan's was ok..I did not like the dark rug in Clinton's office though :)
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Jeanette in FL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:57 PM
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12. I do too
I was going to say that Reagans has the right color tone for the room.

Great minds think alike. :fistbump:

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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:54 PM
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5. It's a really nice rug.
And I think the white helps light up the room.
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:56 PM
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10. It certainly ties the room together does it not?
And these guys peed on it?

Shut the fuck up Donny.
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:55 PM
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7. Bush's oval office is just too beige for me
I know we don't have the money to redecorate completely (thanks Bush), but how about adding just a little color to the office? Beige really isn't good for creativity.
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:56 PM
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Time for Blue. Yes We Can.
Get rid of the crappy W. stuff, Barack. Blue is cool.

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Tallison Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:02 PM
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36. Agreed - Clinton's is the most presidential looking
The room's too big for light colors - makes it alienating-feeling. I like the warmth of deep blue.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:30 PM
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55. Me too. nt
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:56 PM
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9. Time for Blue. Yes We Can.
Get rid of the crappy W. stuff, Barack. Blue is cool.

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panader0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:56 PM
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11. I wonder what kind of shit got swept under that rug.
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:05 PM
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41. Maybe all those WMDs lurk under it
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fed_up_mother Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 10:06 AM
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81. Haha Best reply!
:rofl:
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Whalestoe Donating Member (928 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:57 PM
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13. I like Clinton's the best. Obama should pick his own rug though... why is he using Shrubs?
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ronnykmarshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:31 PM
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29. Because of the cost.
I think the rug is nice.
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InvisibleTouch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:45 PM
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32. I'm sure he can get a decent new rug...
...for considerably less than $68,000!

Definitely something to be said for making one's daily workspace a reflection of one's own personality. It enhances efficiency, and he's supposed to feel at home there, after all. Colors have a huge impact on mood and emotion.
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:00 PM
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48. Or just reuse the Clinton one-get rid of the embedded smell of
Jack Daniels, vomit and bullshit.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:50 PM
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firedupdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:57 PM
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67. get out of here....I see you....nasty little buggar......the country
has spoken. We're done with criminals in the whitehouse.

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Simplylivin Donating Member (7 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 12:08 AM
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68. :)
You see me? ;) What's that supposed to mean... I just voiced an opinion on a rug, like everyone else here..... thanks for the warm welcome, though, you sweet little bugger. :)
By the way, I wish Mr. Obama the best, and hope he is the best president we've ever had. :)
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fed_up_mother Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 10:07 AM
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82. A custom designed, custom made wool rug for that size room?
Would cost a whole lotta' dough. :)
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:57 PM
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14. Is that Reggie Love!!!
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 06:00 PM by Clio the Leo
YAY REGGIE!!!

There's yet another OH MY GOODNESS HE'S REALLY THE PRESIDENT!!!! (Barack of course, not Reggie.)

I also like the rug.

I'm not digging the curtains which are just another example of Laura's blande color palate. I'd put up light blue ones ... what I like to call "2004 DNC Speech Tie Blue" ones....



It's what any basketball loving boy would call "Carolina Blue."

Looks good on him.

If may have to Photoshop them curtains if I get bored later. :)
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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:58 PM
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16. Keep Bush's rug.
It's tasteful and now is not the time to be spending taxpayer dollars to replace that sort of thing.

The room as it is now though, does need some color. Besides the President himself, that is. ;)
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Thrill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:00 PM
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17. He's going to change that. You just know he isn't going to keep Bush's crap
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Mist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:06 PM
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21. Actually, our new President may opt to set an example by not spending money
where it really doesn't need to be spent.
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Thrill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:08 PM
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22. I doubt it. This is something you want to make feel like your own
And there is nothing wrong with spending on that.
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Kaylee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:02 PM
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18. I like ruggy....he really brightens the room.
:shrug:
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Kittycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:03 PM
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19. I prefer bush's rug, but Clinton's couches
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 06:04 PM by Kittycat
I think the rug opens up the room. It's the paint, or lack thereof that bothers me most. They need some warm/soft color on the walls - the beautiful trim is just lost in that sea of white.
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Mist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:08 PM
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23. Yes, I'd be okay w/painting the walls--perhaps a very pale blue tint? Doesn't
cost much and is an easy fix, as they say on the shelter shows.
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Kittycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:21 PM
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51. Agreed, might I recommend one of the blue shades from Restoration Hardware?
We have the darker blue in our family room, and the middle two shades in my son's room on alternating walls. My front room is very inviting, and we have a couch similar colors to the 'rug'. My son's room is very relaxing - probably the calmest room in the house (surprisingly, given it's his room :lol :).
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:09 PM
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24. Yeah, too bad those stripes would clash. NT
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:31 PM
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56. I agree. How 'bout some yellow with the shelves, etc. in white? nt
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:11 PM
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25. What gorgeous hardwoods! Screw the rug!
Hardwood lovers UNITE! No Mo Rug!
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marlakay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:12 PM
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26. i like Reagans & Bush's
Don't like the gold drapes Clinton had or the dark rug FDR had.

looks more spacious with lighter colors and it seems your mood would be better too.
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:16 PM
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28. Overhead shots of Clinton and Reagan's rugs...
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 06:24 PM by Clio the Leo
Clinton...


Reagan...


HEY!!! Wait a minute! W copied Reagan!!! lol
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Tallison Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:03 PM
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38. Wonder what happens to them on retirement...
They'd be kind of tacky looking in any room but the OO.
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Posteritatis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:06 PM
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42. Presidential libraries/museums, maybe?
Or they just go into storage. I could see some of them coming back out again at one point or another. (I admit I kinda like Reagan's.)
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:32 PM
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58. Often into the library. nt
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NV Whino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:34 PM
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30. I like the rug.
Laura has better taste in rugs than she does in dresses.

But I agree with other posters, a little color would be nice. Get rid of the stripes on the straight chairs and put a solid color. Couches are fine.

and let's get some modern art in there. I have a few pieces that would work. (Not that I would toot my own horn or anything.)
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InvisibleTouch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:42 PM
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31. I like Clinton's color scheme the best.
Blue rug, gold-yellow curtains, striped red-and-white couch set. Honest-to-gods colors. Nothing timid about that! Bush's version just blends into a single big BLAH.
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Tallison Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:05 PM
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40. Totally agree.
Bush's scheme washes such a big, sunny room out. Deep colors pull it together and create a sense of intimacy and inner sanctum. They're also more presidential
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:03 PM
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49. Agree completely. Clinton's choices make it look like a place where
serious business is done. Bush's look like a conservative home's parlor where the wealthy relax while nibbling cucumber sandwiches and sipping tea.
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Joe the Revelator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:53 PM
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33. Clinton's rug ftw
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:31 PM
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57. ftw????
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Codeine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 03:30 AM
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76. For the win. nt
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 09:41 AM
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78. Ah....nt
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Norrin Radd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:59 PM
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34. Looks like an old beige box computer.
Needs a total overhaul.
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Posteritatis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:04 PM
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39. What's the right-hand (our right, that is) in those photos? (nt)
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MissDeeds Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:29 PM
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43. The rug issue has really bugged me
I know it's probably more sensible and cost effective to keep it, but I wish that all visible reminders of Bush would be scrubbed from the premises. I can't stand to see "The Evil One's" mark still in the Oval Office.I shudder to think of all the atrocities that were cooked up there. The whole place should be fumigated and an exorcist be brought in.
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Undercurrent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:48 PM
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44. I should have
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 08:14 PM by Undercurrent
also noted in the OP that in addition to the rug, the flooring was put laid during the Bush administration as well.

So those who hate the rug because it was Bush's, the floor is Bush's too.

Plus the entire White House is filled with remodeling, furniture, art, and decorations of previous presidents. Some of whom were hateful, warmongering, slime balls.

Personally, I like the current rug, and it would serve the room well if the room were a painted. I would rather $68,000 be spent on something else. Like converting the tennis court to a basketball court with a dome over it.

But that's just me.



:typo edit:


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Raine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:46 PM
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46. I actually like Laura's
it looks like beams of light which suits Obama.
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Phx_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:49 PM
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47. I have to say, the Laura Bush rug is beautiful.
She reportedly designed it and it's beautiful. I definitely would have kept it as well.

The Clinton rug was too dark.
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mentalsolstice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:22 PM
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52. Keep the current rug, paint the trim
Paint the chair rails and the trim a contrasting color, just to make things pop a bit. Paint is cheap and quick, rugs and new furniture/upholstery=not so cheap.
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Tatiana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:36 PM
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59. I really like FDR's window treatments. But I like Clinton's office best.
Reagan's looks like a room in my grandma's house, which was nice back in '79 or '80, but isn't so cool right now.
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Iwillnevergiveup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:44 PM
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60. I like Laura's rug
but lose the brocade couches!
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Justitia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:54 PM
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62. Rug is okay, but those couches & DRAPES have GOT TO GO! New paint would be good too. -eom
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:52 PM
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65. Recently saw a documentary about that removable piece on the desk.
It was used to hide FDR's legs/wheel chairs. Other President's removed it... there is a famous photo of JFK Jr. hiding underneath the desk.
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Catherine Vincent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:56 PM
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66. They are all fine looking but Clinton's look the most presidential, imo. nt
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Beacool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 12:15 AM
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69. I liked the Clinton decor the best.
Bold and dynamic like the man who inhabited it.

I do think though that the Reagan and Bush rugs are quite lovely.

;)
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Kitty Herder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 03:48 AM
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77. I like the Bush rug, but that room needs some color. nt
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Hersheygirl Donating Member (353 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 09:52 AM
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79. Definetly Clintons
Bush's is typical of Laura Bush, lifeless with no color or pizazz.
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fed_up_mother Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 10:03 AM
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80. I love that rug.
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calico1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 04:00 PM
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84. I like the Bush rug and the decor the best.
I also like the Regan rug but not the rest.

I like the Clinton couches but not anything else.

I understand Obama is pretty much keeping everything except for a few items.

I will say this: Laura Bush does have good taste.
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