12 thoughts on “Oval Office 2008

  1. I think it’s the best designed O.O. since the late Mark Hampton’s version for G.H.W. Bush!

  2. I just don’t like it. It is so blah. No color. Very boring. I was in the Oval during Clinton’s time and although the red striped couches might have been too much, I prefer the blue, golds… these brown tones are too cowboy ish…

  3. I just don’t like it. It is so blah. No color. Very boring. I was in the Oval during Clinton’s time and although the red striped couches might have been too much, I prefer the blue, golds… these brown tones are too cowboy ish…

  4. I have to agree with Steve Brawley that the current decor is a bit too “oatmeal” for me. My favorite was the Ford/Carter O.O. – or the Kennedy/Boudin/Red carpet office – the one JFK never got to see.

    And the Resolute Desk looks different somehow. I’ve noticed that in several recent photos. I think they’ve either refinished it (a major “antique no-no”), or possibly conserved and/or cleaned it. It looks lighter and a little “off”. Hmmmmmm…

    Decor aside, you have to admit that it’s an incredible room, architecturally. Eric Gugler did a fantastic job back in 1934!

  5. I really like the Bush I and Clinton Oval Offices. I have never been completely satisfied with the present version. It is, as john in nola said, too “oatmeal.” It just doesn’t stimulate my eye visually.

  6. It's a dull, but respectable decor. Simple, but boring. No color. It has certainly looked better in the past. ie. The Clinton years. The other thing I am disappointed in is the Treaty room, used as the President's Second Floor Study. Again, dull, but respectable. I loved the red leather covered walls & dark bookcases. I hated they changed it, but I guess they had to "De-Clintonize" the WH.

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