Joe Biden’s New-Look Oval Office is A Nod To Past US Leadership
The room has been filled with portraits and busts of some of the most iconic and influential leaders of American history.
Gone is the portrait of Andrew Jackson, the 7th president and a populist with whom President Trump frequently identified and who also faced censure although he was never impeached.
His portrait, to the left of the seat of the Resolute Desk, has been replaced with one of Benjamin Franklin, a founding father who was also a leading writer, scientist and philosopher. The Post said Franklin’s portrait was intended to represent President Biden’s interest in following science as he attempts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
Other busts around the room include another key figure in the civil rights movement, Rosa Parks. There is also an Allan Houser sculpture depicting a horse and Chiricahua Apache rider once belonging to the Hawaii Democrat Senator Daniel Inouye, the Post reports.
Above the fireplace hangs a large portrait of Franklin D Roosevelt, the president who led the country through the Great Depression and World War Two.
The portrait of another former president, Thomas Jefferson, has been paired with a man he frequently disagreed with, the former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton as “hallmarks of how differences of opinion, expressed within the guardrails of the Republic, are essential to democracy”, the Post quotes Biden’s office as saying.
Portraits of two other celebrated former presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, have also been paired.
Flags of the different branches of the military have also been replaced with an American flag and another with a presidential seal.
A controversial bust of Britain’s wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill has also gone.
This time, his spokesman, said: “The Oval office is the president’s private office and it’s up to the president to decorate it as he wishes”.