Before & After Pics
January 21, 2021 11:02PM EST
Joe Biden’s Oval Office makeover entailed the removal of a controversial historical figure, replaced by notable activists like Martin Luther King Jr. and more. See all the changes the new POTUS made to Donald Trump’s old headquarters.
Getting rid of Donald Trump‘s Diet Coke button wasn’t the only change Joe Biden made to the Oval Office. Biden’s first full day in office is nearly coming to a close, and his headquarters within the White House has already been completely transformed after Trump left it following Biden and Kamala Harris‘s inauguration on Jan. 20. Photos of Biden’s Oval Office makeover surfaced the very next day, which you can see below.A look at Joe Biden’s Oval Office makeover. While the room has been completely redone, Biden did keep the same gold curtains behind the Resolute Desk that Donald Trump used. (Photo Credit: AP)
In addition to the soda button, Biden also had the military branches’ flags removed behind the Resolute Desk and replaced with two other flags: the American Flag, and one marked with the presidential seal. Biden also swapped Trump’s tan rug for a navy blue one (which former president Bill Clinton also used in the ’90s), and took down the bust of Winston Churchill. The former prime minister of the United Kingdom wasn’t the only controversial historical figure that Biden removed from his new working space.More changes to the Oval Office: a portrait of Benjamin Franklin hangs over a bust by former president Harry Truman, by a bookshelf with a bust of a rider from the Allan Houser of the Chiricahua Apache tribe. (Photo Credit: AP)
Biden said goodbye to a portrait of Andrew Jackson, who signed the horrific Indian Removal Act in 1830 that eventually led to the forced relocation of about 100,000 Native Americans to land in the west. Biden replaced Jackson’s portrait with other more celebrated historical figures instead: busts of Cesar Chavez, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt were instead displayed. These busts are all reflective of the historical roots in the Democratic Party, according to The Washington Post, which was given a tour of the Oval Office before Biden entered it. Busts of a rider from the Allan Houser of the Chiricahua Apache tribe on a horse (this previously belonged to the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye) and Daniel Webster were also put up.Pictured on the Oval Office wall above are portraits of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson (former president Franklin D. Roosevelt is hung at the center). (Photo Credit: AP)
The Oval Office now also has paintings of former presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson, in addition to Founding Fathers Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin (the latter reflects Biden’s “interest in science,” per The Washington Post). The choice to hang the portraits of Jefferson and Hamilton by one another — two men known for their opposing views — was deliberate, in an attempt to show how the “hallmarks of how differences of opinion, expressed within the guardrails of the Republic, are essential to democracy,” Biden’s office told The Washington Post.BEFORE: Donald Trump is pictured in a signing ceremony with his old cream and orange rug and military flags behind him, which are now gone from the Oval Office. (Photo Credit: AP)
The new decor falls in theme with Biden’s mission as the 46th president of the United States: unite a very divided country. “This Oval is an Oval for Day One,” the Oval Office operation’s deputy director, Ashley Williams, told The Washington Post. “It was important for President Biden to walk into an Oval that looked like America and started to show the landscape of who he is going to be as president.”Donald Trump is pictured with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and Mike Pence inside the old Oval Office. (Photo Credit: AP)
This reflected Biden’s very own inauguration speech on Jan. 20, as he was sworn into office. “Today, we mark the swearing in of the first woman in American history elected to national office, Vice President Kamala Harris. Don’t tell me things can’t change. Unity is the path forward. This is the United States of America,” Biden told the crowd gathered at the U.S. Capitol, the very same place where Trump Supporters attempted to disrupt Congress from certifying Biden’s win with a riot that horrified the country. Like the new decorations in the Democratic president’s suggests, Biden is looking forward to moving past these differences.