Oval Office Makeover: President Obama's Iraq Speech (Photos)
The Oval Office Has Had a Makeover that Will be Unveiled to the Public During President Obama's Iraq Speech Tuesday Night
The new Oval Office pays tribute to four previous presidents and Martin Luther King Jr. as well as a new rug, new couches, wallpaper, lamps and a coffee table. It will also contain many Obama family photos and a bust of Martin Luther King Jr.
The New York Post reports that the famous large rug is made by the Scott Group of Grand Rapids in Michigan, with 25 percent recycled wool. Obama did not have to buy it though, it was donated.
The rug also contains quotes spoken by some famous and very inspiring Americans:
"GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE" - From Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, among the most famous words ever spoken by a president.
— "NO PROBLEM OF HUMAN DESTINY IS BEYOND HUMAN BEINGS" - From JFK's American University speech June 10, 1963.
— "THE WELFARE OF EACH OF US IS DEPENDENT FUNDAMENTALLY ON THE WELFARE OF ALL OF US" - From a speech Teddy Roosevelt gave at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, N.Y., on Sept. 7, 1903.
— "THE ONLY THING WE HAVE TO FEAR IS FEAR ITSELF" - From FDR's inaugural speech March 4, 1933.
— "THE ARC OF THE MORAL UNIVERSE IS LONG, BUT IT BENDS TOWARD JUSTICE" - These words from King's address to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Aug. 16, 1967, are easily Obama's favorite King quotation.
While the desk of course is the same, President Obama does get a new chair.
How did Obama pay for his new Oval Office?
The White House released a statement saying the funds came from Obama's inaugural committee and the nonprofit White House Historical Association, and would only say that it cost somewhere in the same ballpark that President Clinton and President Bush spent on their own Oval Office look.
Many items, though, have not changed. They range from the painting of George Washington over the fireplace to the Resolute Desk, built from the timbers of a British warship. A gift to President Rutherford B. Hayes, the desk was installed in the Oval Office by John F. Kennedy, and since has been used by presidents Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.