Oval Office Makeover

September 1, 2010 by staff 

Oval Office Makeover, When President Barack Obama addresses the nation about Iraq on Tuesday night, his Oval Office configuration will be sporting a new look – and one that pays tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. and four former presidents.

While the president and his family were vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard, workers installed new wallpaper, new carpet, new sofas, lamps and a coffee table. Officials gave the photographers out hours before the speech was to be delivered at 8 pm EST.

The carpet – an oval-shaped corn, cream and blue carpet woven by the Scott Group, Grand Rapids, Michigan – was made with 25 percent recycled wool, said the White House. Authorities said that was donated by the manufacturer, who also did Bill Clinton’s Oval Office carpet.

The excerpts on the carpet include some of the most famous words ever spoken by Americans:

_ “GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE” – Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, among the most famous words ever been spoken by a president.

_ “NO PROBLEM OF HUMAN DESTINY is beyond human beings” – From JFK’s American University speech of June 10, 1963.

_ “THE WELFARE OF EACH OF U.S. IS DEPENDENT primarily on the welfare of all U.S.” – From a speech by Teddy Roosevelt gave at the State Fair in Syracuse New York, New York, on September 7, 1903.

_ “FEAR THE ONLY thing we have is fear itself – Roosevelt’s inaugural address March 4, 1933.

_ “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice” – These words from the King’s address to the Conference of the Southern Christian Leadership August 16, 1967, are readily favorite quote from King Obama.

The White House declined to disclose the total cost of the new image, but a statement said it was “according to the amount spent by Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush in the redesign of the Oval Office. The statement said that committee funds come from Obama’s inauguration and the White House, non-profit Historical Association.

Presidents tend to put their own touches in the Oval Office early in their terms. Bush brought in a rug designed by his wife, Laura. Included radiant rays, he often said he suggested the optimism of a sunrise.

In Obama’s makeover, the wing chairs embroidered Bush and leaders sat in front of the fireplace have been reupholstered and covered in caramel-colored skin.

The sofas flanking the fireplace are new and covered with a cotton cloth light brown.

There is also a new coffee table. Once more, a day look_ to rectangular and covered with marble tiles look in walnut and mica.

And finally, Obama has new brown leather chair behind his desk.

Many items, however, have not changed. Ranging from George Washington painting over the fireplace in the Resolute desk, constructed from the wood of a British warship. A gift of President Rutherford B. Hayes, the table was installed in the Oval Office of John F. Kennedy, and has since been used by presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

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