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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 05:32 PM

WAPO: A look inside Biden's Oval Office (here explains the paintings & busts already displayed)

EVERYTHING was swapped out today...If you saw the brief press opportunity with Biden earlier this afternoon in the oval office, you saw the bust behind the resolute desk and the photos. That is Cesar Chavez. Eleanor Roosevelt also appears nearby



President Biden has filled the Oval Office with images of American leaders and icons, focusing the room around massive portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt that hangs across from the Resolute Desk. It is a clear nod to a president who helped the country through significant crises, a challenge Biden now also faces.
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Some are paired, with paintings of President Thomas Jefferson and former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton hung near each other — the two men frequently disagreed and were placed together to illustrate the benefits that come from differing views. Biden’s office said the paintings were twinned “As hallmarks of how differences of opinion, expressed within the guardrails of the Republic, are essential to democracy.”



Busts of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy flank a fireplace in the office. Biden often refers to the impact that both men made on the country as part of the Civil Rights movement.

Biden is also nodding to segments of the Democratic Party’s base via historic references. Behind the Resolute desk is a bust of Cesar Chavez. The office also includes busts of Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt and sculpture by Allan Houser of the Chiricahua Apache tribe that once belonged to the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) — the first Japanese-American elected to both houses of Congress.

A painting of Benjamin Franklin is intended to represent Biden’s interest in following science. The painting is stationed near a moon rock set on a bookshelf that is intended to remind Americans of the ambition and accompaniments of earlier generations.

President Trump’s light gold drapes have been replaced with a different, darker shade of gold that hung in President Bill Clinton’s Oval Office. The dark blue rug was also in the office during the Clinton administration.,



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Reply WAPO: A look inside Biden's Oval Office (here explains the paintings & busts already displayed) (Original post)
hlthe2b Jan 20 OP
oldtime dfl_er Jan 20 #1
hlthe2b Jan 20 #3
Submariner Jan 20 #4
hlthe2b Jan 20 #6
lagomorph777 Jan 21 #34
KY_EnviroGuy Jan 21 #39
lagomorph777 Jan 21 #41
marble falls Feb 25 #51
lagomorph777 Feb 25 #52
marble falls Feb 25 #53
SunStar Jan 20 #10
Liberal In Texas Jan 21 #23
Duppers Jan 21 #29
lagomorph777 Jan 21 #35
Duppers Jan 21 #42
SheltieLover Jan 20 #2
nature-lover Jan 20 #5
Duppers Jan 21 #31
yonder Jan 20 #7
oldtime dfl_er Jan 20 #11
bdamomma Jan 21 #33
Hortensis Jan 20 #8
hlthe2b Jan 20 #9
Duppers Jan 21 #30
hlthe2b Jan 21 #32
Duppers Jan 21 #38
Duppers Jan 21 #48
bdamomma Jan 21 #36
PatSeg Jan 21 #45
question everything Jan 20 #12
3catwoman3 Jan 20 #13
Klaralven Jan 20 #17
3catwoman3 Jan 21 #18
Klaralven Jan 21 #22
3catwoman3 Jan 21 #44
onetexan Jan 21 #24
PatSeg Jan 21 #46
Captain_New_York Jan 20 #14
Wounded Bear Jan 20 #15
Renew Deal Jan 20 #16
Cha Jan 21 #20
Cha Jan 21 #19
onetexan Jan 21 #26
Cha Jan 21 #49
Hekate Jan 21 #21
moonscape Jan 21 #25
Roisin Ni Fiachra Jan 21 #27
SKKY Jan 21 #28
bdamomma Jan 21 #37
SKKY Jan 21 #43
KY_EnviroGuy Jan 21 #40
PatSeg Jan 21 #47
JoanDown Feb 24 #50

Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 05:33 PM

1. I know it's petty but

I do hope he gets rid of the gold curtains.

The bust of Chavez is awesome!

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Response to oldtime dfl_er (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 05:35 PM

3. Those were Clintons, as was the blue rug. He will get to request his own choice for both to be made

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Response to oldtime dfl_er (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 05:38 PM

4. I have to agree with you

I bet when the sun hits them, french fry oil vapors stink up the place.

I'm sure the First Lady can run down to Curtain City and get replacements later.

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Response to Submariner (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 05:39 PM

6. The gold drapes were Clintons. Trump's slightly lighter yellow gold drapes were removed.

But, I have to agree. They need to go.

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Response to Submariner (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 09:26 AM

34. There are some nasty stains on the wall and moulding behind the MLK bust.

Hate to think what they might be.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #34)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 09:43 AM

39. Perhaps the mark of Big Macs thrown in anger.

KY..........

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #39)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 09:54 AM

41. Pretty much what it looks like.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #34)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 09:41 AM

51. There's a door there. The stain is from people shutting the door and not using the door knob.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #51)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 09:42 AM

52. Ah thanks - that's the hidden door?

I need one of those.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #52)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 09:44 AM

53. Other than the big ol' door knob it looks very well hidden.

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Response to oldtime dfl_er (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 05:49 PM

10. Looking at the Oval Offices they have color photos of....

Clinton's gold paired with dark blue carpet (Biden's current look) looks most striking to my mind followed by Obama's red (though I'm not sure that particular red was the best choice) and HWs baby blue.

Dark blue might be interesting or a darker red, but what he has now is a good look since that gold is much better than Trump's less vibrant shade, works well against the blue, and I think his couch choices work better than Clinton's.

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Response to oldtime dfl_er (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 07:36 AM

23. I totally agree the gold curtains have to go. They're tacky and a symbol of the way

Deadbeat Donnie defiled the office of President.

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Response to oldtime dfl_er (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 08:43 AM

29. Speaking of gold...

Here's Nixon's 1969 version.




Yes, yuck. Those sofas too
But, forgive me, I'm just a critic of most of the Presidents' choices. Plus, I hate most, but not all wallpaper.

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Response to Duppers (Reply #29)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 09:28 AM

35. Wallpaper is an abomination. I've spent many miserable hours removing it.

I finally realized it makes more sense to just paint over it.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #35)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 10:04 AM

42. Once had a long hallway coming in our front door...

that one of our dogs loved to rub against its walls as she walked thru when she was wet from rain or dirty before I could dry her. Yuck! You can imagine what the wall began to look like.
So, I "papered" that hallway in a realistic looking, light beige vinyl grasscloth. Perfect solution as it was so easy to wipe clean & was a perfect neural background for pictures.
(& Yep, I really love dogs. )


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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 05:34 PM

2. Pure Class! 😍

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 05:38 PM

5. Filled with the likenesses of admirable leaders. Glad portrait of Andrew Jackson has been removed.

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Response to nature-lover (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 08:53 AM

31. Gawd yes!

I so agree.

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 05:40 PM

7. Things look refreshingly different but whether old or new....ditch the drapes.

For me, that gold color evokes what has been put to rest.

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Response to yonder (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 06:32 PM

11. Yes

It's nice that he's recycling Clinton's curtains but I agree with you, they are too evocative. I would be OK with him using a few taxpayer bucks to get new ones.

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Response to yonder (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 09:24 AM

33. I'm sure

there will be additional changes or redecorating will be done.

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 05:42 PM

9. I really like the wallpaper. The striped paper that Trump had was gawd-awful

Yuck

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 08:50 AM

30. Careful

That was Obama's.




I had just posted above that I hate most, but not all wallpaper. 👍

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Response to Duppers (Reply #30)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 09:20 AM

32. Well, there were photos of it with Trump--that's why I edited it from assuming Obama, but regardless

different strokes for different folks...

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #32)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 09:41 AM

38. Thanks!

What's strange is that I used to sell wallpaper and "hang" some.
And I truly love some patterns in some places, especially if it's textured.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #32)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 12:34 PM

48. Yep, they both used it.

I should've post it was also Obama's. I'm surprised tRump kept it.

Btw, speaking of tRump keeping something, don't we all seriously wonder how many things they stole from the WH?

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Response to Duppers (Reply #30)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 09:35 AM

36. I like that colour for drapes

but hey it's not my office.

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Response to Duppers (Reply #30)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 11:27 AM

45. I like the wallpaper

but I don't care for the color of those drapes at all. So far, I think I liked the colors and rug of the Clinton Oval Office.

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 07:36 PM

12. Always amazing how the whole place can be replaced in less than 24 hours

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 07:51 PM

13. ITA - The gold drapes have got to go.

Dark blue gets my vote.

Put some blue and pale gold cushions on the couches.

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Response to Klaralven (Reply #17)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 12:42 AM

18. Understood. For me, they are just too reminiscent...

...of the previous occupant. I will hope that Joe using this color can wipe out the other association - .

(Plus, I am just not a fan of that general color family.)

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #18)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 07:21 AM

22. The walls, drapes and furniture colors are too reminiscent of "old hotel room".

On the other hand, maybe the online photos don't do it justice. The Daily Mail photo is much bluer. Lighting, flash spectrum, and post-processing of pictures make it difficult to judge.

But there must be some nicer colors in the Federal period palette.

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Response to Klaralven (Reply #22)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 11:21 AM

44. I looked thru the pictures in the link...

...provided in one of the posts in this thread, and quite liked the pale green ones shown in the recreation of Truman’s office.

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #13)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 07:38 AM

24. yes the blue rug is gorgeous. Drapes can be changed although i'm all good for the time being given

they're recycled. Everything else is perfect - each piece of artwork has so much meaning for inspiration. An office very fitting for the Leader of the Free World.

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Response to onetexan (Reply #24)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 11:31 AM

46. And what is important

is that President Biden is comfortable with the décor. He is the one who will spend the most time there. The gold drapes aren't bad at all. It is just the association of gold with Trump that troubles us, but we'll get over it eventually.

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 08:31 PM

14. Love the painting The Avenue in the Rain

Big fan of early 20th century American artist Frederick Childe Hassam

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 08:36 PM

15. So glad that Jackson is gone...

That racist doesn't belong in the Oval Office.

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 08:39 PM

16. He needs an Obama painting.

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #16)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 12:56 AM

20. That should be coming out of

hiding forthwith!

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 12:54 AM

19. Beautiful & Cozy! No More Hawking BEANS

from the Oval Office Desk!

TY

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Response to Cha (Reply #19)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 07:43 AM

26. In deed. Not to mention the historicity of the office - so many decisions have & continue to be made

impacting the fate of the nation & fate of the world within those hallowed walls. Huge sigh of relief we are now in good hands, and at least for the next 4 years we can sleep better.

Aloha Cha. Well we did it! I've been a bit sleep deprived as of late w work & all that's gone on till Biden was sworn in. Now that he & Kamala are, & our new 3 senators ensconced in the senate i hope we can all decompress a bit.
BTW that Jen Psaki is a pistol! Just saw her again on Morning Joe - sharp and spunky and everything we need in a bonafide Press Secretary .

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Response to onetexan (Reply #26)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 03:18 PM

49. Aloha, onetexan! Well said

about the Oval Office.


Yes, We Did! Yesterday was Magical After All the Work across our Nation that actually went into leading up to that Day! January 20, 2021.

Good to hear about Jen Psaki.. I figured she would be great!





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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 01:28 AM

21. I really like it, mostly because it was stripped of everything Trump

Joe will do good deeds there.

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 07:41 AM

25. Aren't those the gold curtains Trump got, or,swapped out, to

replace Obama’s?

Get rid of ‘em Joe. They’re too Trumpy.

Edit: just saw about the curtains. Clinton? Okaaaay then ...

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 08:03 AM

27. Bobby Kennedy! I like Joe Biden more every day.

Charming and tasteful decor, wonderful, welcoming ambience.

Ditch the Hamilton.

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 08:05 AM

28. I hate Donald Trump for ruining the color gold for me...

...any time I see something gold, I equate it with Trump. F*@k!ng prick!

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Response to SKKY (Reply #28)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 09:39 AM

37. I think

we are still suffering from Post Trump Stress Disorder, that will evidently fade away.

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Response to bdamomma (Reply #37)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 10:39 AM

43. Yep, I call it PTSD light...

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 09:54 AM

40. Those photos will give Rethugs an instant wedgie......

and cause spasmodic clutching of the pearls.

What's important is for President Biden and Vice President Harris, their cabinet and staff to have a comfortable work space for the massive tasks at hand. It's their right to design it as they wish.

KY.........

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 11:40 AM

47. I love that the most dominant picture is of FDR

Many believe President Biden faces challenges much like FDR did and will tackle them as aggressively. By choosing that painting for that spot, I take it to mean he is inspired by FDR and intends to be a transformative leader.

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 07:21 PM

50. office

This office looks very cool, I want to have the same one

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