A New Look for the Oval Office

The Obamas give the Oval Office a makeover.

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While the First Family was on vacation, they had some remodeling done at the Oval Office.
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A new rug produced and donated by a Michigan-based business and paid for by the non-profit White House Historical Association through a contribution from the Presidential Inaugural Committee.
Renovations to the Oval Office include a new carpet, drapes, wallpaper and furniture. A White House statement noted that both President Clinton and President George W. Bush engaged in ``a comparable level of redesign’’ with funds from their Presidential Inaugural Committees to the White House Historical Association.
The existing furniture in the Oval Office will remain the property of the White House and will be placed in a storage facility.
Oval Office walls were covered with handmade striped wallpaper produced in Amagansett, N.Y.
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The new wheat, cream and blue colored oval-shaped rug is made of 25 percent recycled wool. The rug has the Presidential seal in the center and historical quotes of meaning to President Obama around the border. The rug was made and donated by the Scott Group, an American carpet manufacturer headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich.
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The two mahogany arm-chairs in front of the fireplace, previously used by President George W. Bush, were reupholstered with a caramel-colored leather.
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The famous resolute desk remains.
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Five historical quotes for the rug: “The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself” - President Franklin D. Roosevelt; “The Arc of the Moral Universe is Long, But it Bends Towards Justice” - Martin Luther King, Jr.; “Government of the People, By the People, For the People” - President Abraham Lincoln; “No Problem of Human Destiny is Beyond Human Beings” - President John F. Kennedy; “The Welfare of Each of Us is Dependent Fundamentally Upon the Welfare of All of Us” - President Theodore Roosevelt
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Family photos are displayed in the Oval Office behind President Obama's desk.
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The trim around the Office was re-painted with American-made Benjamin Moore paint custom-mixed by Donald Kaufman Color.
The couches in the Oval Office were custom-made in New York. The fabric, a custom-made light brown cotton with red, white and blue threads running through it, was woven in Pennsylvania.
The coffee table is made out of American walnut and mica by a New York company. Asked how much the redo cost, the White House press office said it was ``in line with the amount spent by Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush on the redesigns of their Oval Office.’’
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