The last vestiges of the Bush White House have been expunged from the White House Oval Office.
The Oval Office had a makeover to specifications of the president and probably the First Lady.
CNN is reporting the renovation was done while the First Family was away on vacation. In less than ten days the oval office went from traditional and formal to a more contemporary feel.
There’s a new signature oval rug, leather desk chair, two overstuffed light brown couches, a walnut and mica coffee table with modern lines, two blue ceramic lamps and blue accent pillows on the couch, reupholstered furniture, and handmade striped wallpaper.
But history did not go out the door in this redesign. The president held onto the historic Resolute desk, paintings, and other art work he added when he came into office.
The Oval Office makeover was paid for by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. No public funds were used in the renovations. All goods and services were U.S. made.
Obama’s rug was donated by Scott Group Custom Carpets, the same company that designed the former President Bill Clinton’s Oval Office rug. Around the edges of the rug are historical quotes that were handpicked by the president, including Martin Luther King, Jr. and four former presidents.
The White House would not reveal the final price tag, but said it is comparable to what the two former presidents spent on their Oval Office makeovers.