- Obama’s regulatory agenda will cost U.S. economy $143B next year: report
- Patriot Act author on James Clapper: Fire, prosecute him
- Russia P.M. Medvedev: No amnesty for political prisoners
- Michigan GOP Senate hopeful reminds government is the ‘servant’
- Christmas, by Congress: Members mull a 15-cent tax on trees
- U.S. unemployment falls to five-year low of 7 percent; 203K jobs added
- World mourns Nelson Mandela and celebrates his life; burial set for Dec. 15
- Bill O’Reilly reminds: Nelson Mandela ‘was a communist’
- John Boehner says GOP should support gay candidates: ‘I do’
- Grass-Whopper: Pan-fried cricket burgers go over big in New York City
Obama takes philosophical approach to Oval Office
Redone office calls to mind great utterances
Question of the Day
If President Obama’s visitors ever grow bored, they can always read the mottos woven into the border of the Oval Office’s new rug.
There are five of them “of meaning to the president” on the outskirts of the traditional presidential seal, according to a White House spokesman, and definitely not from Disney. No “whistle while you work,” in other words.
This is fare for troubled times, and the White House is, uh, very transparent about it all. The carpet-bound philosophies are:
• “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
• “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” (Martin Luther King Jr.)
• “Government of the people, by the people, for the people.” (Abraham Lincoln)
• “No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.” (John F. Kennedy)
• “The welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally upon the welfare of all of us.” (Theodore Roosevelt)
Just in time for autumnal speechifying, photo-ops and Tuesday’s prime-time address on the Iraq war, White House designers completed a swift makeover of the nation’s most famous workspace while the president was on vacation on Martha’s Vineyard.
A pair of former President George W. Bush’s fireside armchairs have been reupholstered in caramel-colored leather. There are two new custom-made sofas in a buff-colored, suedelike material, shot with subtle threads of red and blue. Each is topped with a quartet of plump pillows in navy and wide stripes.
Mr. Obama has an authoritative new leather chair behind his desk, a perfect foil for those on-camera moments.
It’s all pretty svelte, pretty plush and maybe - could it be? A tad drab.
The sumptuous rug in a neutral shade of wheat sprawls underfoot - this produced and donated by the Scott Group, a Michigan carpet maker that also made the Oval Office rug during the Clinton administration. It replaces one designed by former first lady Laura Bush; there’s talk that she would like to have it back.
Wallwise, there’s also new handmade, striped wallpaper in ivory and the ever-present wheat tone, plus custom-mixed paint. Clean-lined table lamps sport blue ceramic bases and simple white shades.
© Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
- Inside the Beltway: 'Guns Save Lives Day'
- Inside the Beltway: Conservatives ponder next 'character assassin'
- Inside the Beltway: Americans think U.S. global prestige is fading, Pew poll shows
- Inside the Beltway: Stringent advice from a reporter to Obama on Term 2
- Inside the Beltway: Obamacare team lauds 'private sector velocity' of website repairs
Latest Blog Entries
- Americans just say yes: members of Congress should be subject to random drug testing
- 70 percent of Americans say U.S. has lost world respect; 80 percent of GOP, 56 percent of Democrats agree
- For the gift givers arsenal: politically incorrect guides that praise America
- 70 percent of Americans fear another government shutdown in January when the money runs out
- Are you the parent of a girl? Then you're likely a conservative Republican study says
- Spike in battlefield deaths linked to restrictive rules of engagement
- 'Hunger Games' delivers Obama's message on income inequality
- Activists urge Obama to go rogue, sidestep Congress
- Colorado judge: Bakery owner discriminated against gay couple
- Bill OReilly reminds: Nelson Mandela was a communist
- Kill team: Obama war chiefs widen drone death zones
- Obamas call to close Vatican embassy is 'slap in the face' to Roman Catholics
- PRUDEN: British press horrified as London's new mayor dares to proclaim the truth
- Hola: Boehner prepares to push amnesty bill through House
- KUHNER: Who betrayed Navy SEAL Team 6?
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
The Constitution: Every issue, every time. No exceptions, no excuses. And how to get from here to there.
Why can’t humans just be free to be humans?
Get in the middle of all the action inside and outside the boxing ring.
Find the latest news and happening that effect those in the Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland Metro region.
White House pets gone wild!