The new American presidents have made the Oval Office their own. Much more can be read about Joe Biden’s picks for decorating his new office.
The Oval Office Room was filled with paintings and busts of a number of influential icons and leaders in American history.
Ashley Williams, deputy director of Oval Office operations, told the Washington Post: “President Biden was interested in the idea of the Oval Office being similar to America, and immediately set out to reveal the nature of the new president’s direction.”
And disappeared from the office a painting of Andrew Jackson, the seventh and populist president, whom former President Trump has long indicated that he, too, has faced criticism, but that Jackson has never been subjected to impeachment attempts.
The Jackson painting to the left of Resolute’s desk was replaced by one by Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers who was a pioneering writer, scientist, and philosopher.
The Washington Post saw that Franklin’s painting reflects President Biden’s direction of his interest in science in an attempt to combat the Corona epidemic.
From behind his desk, Biden will be able to see, by the fireplace, two busts, one of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy – Biden has always pointed out their implications for the civil rights movement.
The room includes other busts, one of which is a leading human rights activist, Rosa Parks. There is also a statue of sculptor Alan Houser depicting a horse on horseback, a native of the country, that was once owned by Democratic Senator Daniel Inoue, according to the Washington Post.
On the wall above the fireplace hangs a large drawing of Franklin Roosevelt, the president who led the country during the Great Depression and World War II.
Also on the wall was a drawing of another former president, Thomas Jefferson, and next to it was a drawing of a person who had long disagreed with Jefferson, his former treasury secretary, Alexander Hamilton.
These two pictures are intended to demonstrate that a difference of opinion, expressed in a constitutional framework, is necessary for democracy, “according to the Washington Post, citing Biden’s office.
The office walls also combined two other drawings of famous former presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
On social media, on a table behind Biden, many noticed a bust of Cesar Chavez, the Mexican-American labor leader who fought for farmers’ rights in the 1960s and 1970s. The Chavez statue rests among framed portraits of the Biden family.
By Trump’s departure, gilded curtains and carpets that he had brought with him when he entered the venue four years ago came with him from the Oval Office on Wednesday.
Biden brought dark blue carpets and gold drapes similar to what was in the office under former President Bill Clinton, according to the Washington Post.
Flags of various sectors of the military were replaced by the American flag and the presidential seal.
And also disappeared from the office a controversial bust of Winston Churchill, Britain’s prime minister in times of world war.
Trump had pledged to return the Churchill statue to the Oval Office after his predecessor Barack Obama removed it in a move criticized by Britain’s foreign minister at the time – Boris Johnson – accusing Obama of “carrying a buried malice to the British Empire.”
Regarding the reasons for disposing of the Churchill statue this time, the President’s spokesperson said: “The Oval Office is the president’s private office, and to him alone the choices that adorn it with it return.”