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The press has glimpsed for the first time US President Joe bidenOval Office, showing how in a matter of hours the office has been visibly transformed into dramatic and subtle shapes to reflect the taste and politics of the office holder.

Most are watching what happens inside the office: what agreements are made, what policies are announced and what foreign dignitaries pass. But with every inch of space on display, US presidents, their families, and their staff also meticulously choose what artworks are installed, what furniture is transported, and even what tchotchkes are placed on the shelves.

This is how Biden has decided to change the Oval Office.

The Oval Office of the White House has recently been redecorated for the first day of President Joe Biden’s administration. (AP)
The White House Oval Office has recently been redecorated for the first day of President Joe Biden’s administration, including busts of civil rights leader Rosa Parks, left, and President Abraham Lincoln. (AP)

A portrait of Andrew Jackson, to the left of the Resolute Desk seat, has been replaced by a portrait of Benjamin Franklin by Joseph Duplessis. Like other works that are routinely loaned to the White House, the portrait appears to be a loan from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Gallery of Art.

Trump drew criticism in 2017 after holding an event in the Oval Office honoring Navajo veterans while standing in front of the portrait of Jackson, the president who signed the legislation that ultimately led to the “Trail of Tears.”

The Washington Post, who took a first look at the Oval’s new interior decorations, reported that Franklin’s portrait and a set of nearby moon rocks are meant to represent Biden’s interest in science.

The Oval Office of the White House has recently been redecorated for the first day of President Joe Biden’s administration. (AP)
The Oval Office of the White House was recently redecorated for the first day of President Joe Biden’s administration, Wednesday, January 20, 2021. (AP)

A bronze bust of Latino civil rights leader César Chávez, created by artist Paul Suárez, was also placed on the credenza behind his desk.

Chávez sought to raise awareness about the harsh conditions of farm workers in the United States and fight for better wages. The prominent inclusion of her bust in the west wing came on the same day that Biden proposed immigration legislation that would allow undocumented farm workers to qualify to apply for green cards immediately.

Julie Chávez Rodríguez, the union leader’s granddaughter, is Biden’s director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Elizabeth Strater, a spokeswoman for the United Farm Workers, a labor group that Chávez helped found, told the Fresno Bee that the bust was already on display at the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument Visitor Center in California. Strater told the publication that Biden’s transition team worked with the Cesar Chávez Foundation to submit the article.

Biden also prominently placed the White House collection painting “Avenue in the Rain” to the right of the Resolute Desk seat.

The metaphor-filled artwork was displayed in the oval under Trump, but was changed during his tenure.

The White House Oval Office has recently been redecorated for the first day of President Joe Biden’s administration, including a moon rock on the center shelf. (AP)
The White House Oval Office has recently been redecorated for the first day of President Joe Biden’s administration, including a bust of civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (AP)

The oil painting, created in 1917, was also in the Oval Office during the Obama and Clinton administrations.

Although not fully visible to television cameras, the Post reported that “busts of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy flank an office fireplace,” in an apparent nod to his efforts in the rights movement. civilians. There are also busts of Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, and a sculpture by Allan Houser depicting a Chiricahua Apache horse and rider. The sculpture, the Post said, once belonged to the late Senator Daniel Inouye, a Democrat representing Hawaii.

The Post’s report says other parts of the office now feature paintings of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton and a bust of Daniel Webster, a former senator who defended the Union. A bust of Winston Churchill was removed from the display.

The Oval Office of the White House has recently been redecorated for the first day of President Joe Biden’s administration. (AP)
The White House Oval Office has recently been redecorated, including a bust of civil rights leader Rosa Parks. (AP)

When Biden took office, two sets of objects were seen on the resolved desk that definitely reflect a transition of power: a cup and saucer set, as well as a box of pens to sign orders.

Trump was a Diet Coke drinker and reportedly had a button in the oval to call someone to bring him soda. He was rarely photographed with a cup of tea or coffee by his side.

Trump has also been very fond of using thick black markers to sign his name on official government documents, in the style of celebrity autographs. He originally stuck to the traditional pens used by other presidents, but at some point, he switched to Sharpie-style markers, with his gold signature imprinted on his body.

The Oval Office of the White House was recently redecorated for the first day of President Joe Biden's administration, Wednesday, January 20, 2021, in Washington, including a table with family photos.
The Oval Office of the White House was recently redecorated for the first day of President Joe Biden’s administration, Wednesday, January 20, 2021, in Washington, including a table with family photos. (AP)

During the signing of the executive order Wednesday, Biden was seated in a dark brown tufted leather chair, a change from the thick, reddish-brown executive seat in which Trump was last photographed sitting inside the Oval Office. It was extremely similar, if not identical, to the seat that Trump used in his private office before becoming president.

The Bidens selected at least two Clinton-era furniture to replace Trump’s picks: a blue Oval Office rug with floral trim and darker gold curtains, according to the Post. Other items, which may seem familiar, were chosen from the White House collection, the Post says.

The flags of the US military branches, which Trump originally added to the room decor, have been removed.

The White House Oval Office has recently been redecorated, including a bust of civil rights leader Rosa Parks. (AP)
The Oval Office of the White House has recently been redecorated for the first day of President Joe Biden’s administration. (AP)

The photographs behind the president that are normally displayed on the credenza have been changed to show Biden’s family. Many of the images show how large the president’s family is, and the images include many of the family members who accompanied him in Washington on inauguration day. At least one photograph shows her late son, Beau.

Trump’s Challenge Coin collection, often placed on the credenza, also disappeared.


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