September 7, 2010 in news
While the President and his family were on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, busy bees installed new wallpaper, a new rug, new chairs, lamps and a coffee table.
The new rug features the presidential seal and quotes from two former Republican Presidents – “Government of the people, by the people and for the people” from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and “The welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally on the welfare of all of us” from a speech that Theodore Roosevelt gave at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, N.Y., on Sept. 7, 1903.
It’s not unusual for Presidents to change up the Oval Office early in their terms and Obama has thrown out some of Bush’s personal touches, including the old blue and yellow embroidered chairs that Bush and Obama previously sat in with their foreign counterparts for press calls.
Many items have not changed including the Resolute Desk, built from the timbers of a British warship (a gift to President Rutherford B. Hayes that was installed in the Oval Office by John F. Kennedy, and has been used by presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush).
See more at the Huffington Post.