Stephen M reports that the WHHA says:
The White House: An Historic Guide is temporarily out of print. A new
edition is currently in production and will be released in early 2011. It
will include updated text and photographs and will mark the 50th anniversary of the guide and the association.
We will post ordering information on our website soon.
So a new edition is in the works. Hooray!
Back issues are available on eBay and at http://www.presidentshalloffame.com/
I cherish my 1968 issue with the original Jacqueline Kennedy foreword. How time flies !!
I think I have a copy of each edition from 1962 up to the most recent.
Any idea if there’s any truth to the rumor that the Oval Office is finally being redone under Obama? Eager to see some pics, if so!
My sources tell me that there has been some major work done to the West Wing, specifically the Oval Office and Presidential office suite.
Some work was done on the Oval Office, here’s a picture.
Glad to finally SEE the newly-redone Oval Office, though I can’t say that I’m a big fan of the makeover. (For the record, George W. Bush’s version was not my favorite either; I lean toward Reagan’s final version or Bush 41’s.)
The seal in Obama’s rug is nicely done, but I’m not in love with the quotes around the border; seems a little too much like something you’d see in a modern museum display/exhibit to me. I definitely don’t like the new striped wallpaper and the coffee table between the sofas and the lamps flanking the wing chairs all seem way too contemporary for the Oval, in my opinion.
Overall, the total look of this new incarnation seems too monochromatic to me; could definitely use more color!
By the way, they appear to have retained W’s drapes and, in spite of current commentary to the contrary, I’m pretty sure all the smaller chairs had already been re-covered during Bush’s tenure (tho’ not at the time of his initial re-do). I don’t think they’ve been changed yet again.
I look forward to seeing more (and better) pictures of the “new” Oval Office–as will undoubtedly be showcased on this very fine site–and to hearing others’ impressions, as well.
huge redecorating news about the Oval Office……………..
Here is another view of the Oval. It is rather 1970s family room-ish. It looks like all that is missing is the TV. http://tinyurl.com/39f7gkg
More pix on WH Fanatics Facebook at
Quelle horreur! Look what Obama has done: